MONTY PYTHON’s Terry Jones Has Died at 77

The world has lost a comedy legend. Terry Jones, founding member of  Monty Python’s Flying Circus, has died at the age of 77. His family said in a statement he died at his home in London. His wife Anna Soderstrom was at his side as he succumbed to a “long, extremely brave, but always good humoured battle” with a rare form of dementia. Jones is also survived by his three children, Bill, Sally and Siri.

“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,” the family said. “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.”

Terry Jones was born on February 1, 1942, in Colwyn Bay, Wales. He attended Oxford University, where he first met and performed with Michael Palin. The two would go on to form what many consider the greatest sketch comedy group of all time, along with Cleese, Gilliam, Eric Idle, and the late Graham Champan, who passed away in 1989.

It’s hard to imagine life without Monty Python. The iconic British sketch comedy group’s influence on the world of comedy and pop culture is immeasurable. And Terry Jones is as big a reason why as anyone. He was a hilarious performer and writer. Jones was also behind the camera for Monty Python‘s big screen forays. They remain classics to this day.

He co-directed 1975’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail, still one of the most quoted comedies ever, with fellow group member Terry Gilliam. Jones then helmed arguably the group’s best film, The Life of Brian, by himself.

He also directed 1983’s The Meaning of Life. That film also captured maybe his most famous moment on screen: his role as Mr. Creosote, who was brought to his demise by an after-dinner mint that was only “wafer thin.”

Jones’ career went well beyond his work with Monty Python. After the group disbanded he went on to work as a historian, writing books about medieval and ancient history. Jones also penned children’s books, worked as a documentarian, wrote poetry, and wrote the script for 1986’s Labyrinth.

Fellow Python member John Cleese paid tribute to his friend and colleague on Twitter.

Michael Palin also released a statement about the passing of his longtime friend and partner.

It’s hard to imagine a world without Monty Python. But we know a world without Terry Jones is a lot less funny.

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