Terry Jones, the star of Monty Python, has died at the age of 77.
Jones a beloved member of the comedy group alongside the likes of Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle, passed away after a long battle with a rare form of dementia.
A statement from the family of Jones, reads: “We are deeply saddened to have to announce the passing of beloved husband and father, Terry Jones.
“Terry 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.
“Over 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. We 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.
“His work with Monty Python, his books, films, television programmes, poems and other work will live on forever, a fitting legacy to a true polymath. We, 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. We ask that our privacy be respected at this sensitive time and give thanks that we lived in the presence of an extraordinarily talented, playful and happy man living a truly authentic life, in his words: ‘Lovingly frosted with glucose’.”
Jones, an actor, writer, comedian, filmmaker and historian, made his directing debut with the team’s first film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which he co-directed alongside Gilliam. From there, Jones became responsible for directing the subsequent hit films Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life which were met by critical acclaim.
RIP Terry Jones.