17 Sep 2013

Billy Connolly has cancer surgery

8:51 am on 17 September 2013

Scottish comic and actor Billy Connolly has had surgery for prostate cancer and is being treated for the initial symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.

A spokesperson says the minor surgery was a "total success" and Connolly is fully recovered.

Connolly, 70, has also been assessed as having initial symptoms of Parkinson's Disease but has been assured by experts that the findings will in no way inhibit or affect his ability to work, AFP reports.

The star will continue to work in television and on stage. He is also planning to go ahead with a tour of New Zealand next year, a spokesperson says.

Connolly is married to New Zealand-born Australian clinical psychologist and writer Pamela Stephenson.