Terry Jones, Monty Python Star, Dies Aged 77

The Welsh comedian directed films like Monty Python And The Holy Grail, Life Of Brian and The Meaning Of Life.

Monty Python comedian Terry Jones has died, at the age of 77.

The late actor and director’s agent confirmed news of his death on Wednesday afternoon.

His family later said in a statement: β€œWe are deeply saddened to have to announce the passing of beloved husband and father, Terry Jones.

β€œTerry passed away on the evening of 21 January 2020 at the age of 77 with his wife Anna Soderstrom by his side after a long, extremely brave but always good humoured battle with a rare form of dementia, FTD.”

Terry Jones, pictured in 2015
Terry Jones, pictured in 2015
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They continued: β€œOver the past few days his wife, children, extended family and many close friends have been constantly with Terry as he gently slipped away at his home in North London.

β€œWe have all lost a kind, funny, warm, creative and truly loving man whose uncompromising individuality, relentless intellect and extraordinary humour has given pleasure to countless millions across six decades.

β€œHis work with Monty Python, his books, films, television programmes, poems and other work will live on forever, a fitting legacy to a true polymath.

β€œWe, his wife Anna, children Bill, Sally, Siri and extended family would like to thank Terry’s wonderful medical professionals and carers for making the past few years not only bearable but often joyful. We hope that this disease will one day be eradicated entirely.”

Terry famously played Brian's mother, Mandy, in Life Of Brian
Terry famously played Brian's mother, Mandy, in Life Of Brian
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Terry was one of the founding members of the comedy trope, which also featured Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gillam and the late Graham Chapman.

Together, they would go on to appear in films like Life Of Brian and The Meaning Of Life, which Terry directed, as well as starring in.

In 2014, he and his co-stars reunited for a string of shows at London’s O2 Arena.

The Monty Python troupe pictured in 2014
The Monty Python troupe pictured in 2014
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The following year, Terry was diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, a form of dementia which affects communication.

He revealed in an interview that he’d first grown concerns while rehearsing for Monty Python’s O2 shows, as he’d struggled to remember his lines.

By 2016, he was no longer giving interviews to the press. A year later, co-star Michael Palin revealed that Terry no longer had the ability to speak as a result of his condition.

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