'The Hobbit' Star Billy Connolly Battling Cancer

September 16, 2013

Actor/comedian Billy Connolly has undergone surgery for prostate cancer and was also recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

"Billy Connolly recently underwent minor surgery in America after being diagnosed with the very early stages of prostate cancer; the operation was a total success, and Billy is fully recovered," said a statement on Connolly's website.

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The statement also reveals that the 70-year-old Connolly is showing initial symptoms of Parkinson's disease, "for which he is receiving the appropriate treatment."

Connolly -- who played a dwarf warrior in The Hobbit franchise -- is expected to keep working throughout his recovery. "Billy has been assured by experts that the findings will in no way inhibit or affect his ability to work, and he will start filming a TV series in the near future, as well as undertaking an extensive theatrical tour of New Zealand in the new year," the statement said. 

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