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Billy Connolly: Robin Williams called me days before suicide, 'was saying goodbye'

Billy Connolly arrives for the world premiere of

Billy Connolly arrives for the world premiere of "What We Did On Our Holiday" in London, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Credit: AP / Joel Ryan

Comedian Billy Connolly, who has Parkinson's disease, says he believes his close friend Robin Williams was saying goodbye last month during their final phone call before Williams' suicide.

The Scottish comic told the UK newspaper the Daily Mirror this week that Williams, who was in the early stages of Parkinson's, phoned to thank Connolly for advice on handling an aspect of the illness.

Afterward, Connolly recalled, "He phoned me a week later, just days before it happened, and he said, 'It's brilliant, it's working.' During the call he kept telling me he loved me. I said, 'I know.' But he kept repeating it, saying, 'Do you really know I love you?' " Connolly added, "I was thinking what ... is he on about?" and added an expletive. "After his death I thought. 'Oh my God, he was saying goodbye.' "

Connolly, 71, a friend of Williams' for 30 years, said, "I know nothing about it but it seems to me that everything got on top of him, his show coming off the TV, his age, Parkinson's and blah, blah, blah. ... But his legacy is immense; his record is there for everybody to see."

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