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Robin Williams Called Friend Billy Connolly, Was 'Saying Goodbye'

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Scottish Comedian Billy Connolly, left and actor and comedian Robin Williams. (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images; Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 03:40 PM

Before he died, Robin Williams called his friend Billy Connolly, repeatedly saying “I love you” in their last conversation, the actor/comedian revealed this week.

Like Williams, Connolly has Parkinson’s Disease, and the two had talked about its effects, Connolly told the Mirror. Connolly said he gave his friend some advice to deal with the lack of facial expression that comes along with the disease. In their last conversation, Williams thanked him for the advice and said it was working.

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“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?’ I was thinking what the f— is he on about?” Connolly told the Mirror. “After his death I thought ‘oh my God he was saying goodbye.’”

Connolly and his family were vacationing in Malta when they got the news that Williams had killed himself.

“It broke my heart when he died. I was in Malta with my family and my children were all crying. They all loved him,” he told the Mirror. “He is a stunning guy. ... You notice I don’t speak about him in the past tense? It’s still not sunk in, I keep expecting him to walk in.”

Another thing has plagued Connolly about Williams’ death, he told the UK website. On the night Williams died, his phone rang and he didn’t answer it. Although his friend didn’t have his Malta number, Connolly is worried it could have been him.

“When I got up it was a Californian number. But he didn’t have my Maltese number ... so it couldn’t have been him,” he told the Mirror, adding, as if trying to convince himself, “It couldn’t have.”

Williams’ suicide impacted thousands of people around the world, and even today, more than four weeks after he died, people continue to post their memories online.



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