Famed “Monty Python” member and Welsh actor, writer, comedian, screenwriter, film director and historian Terry Jones has died at the age of 77 his agent has said.
Jones and writing partner Michael Palin initially wrote several high profile UK comedy shows together before going on to create “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” with Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Terry Gilliam.
Jones is said to be the one largely responsible for the programme’s innovative, surreal structure, in which sketches flowed from one to the next without punchlines. He also directed three main films – “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “Life of Brian” and “The Meaning of Life”.
A statement from his family revealed that he passed Tuesday 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”. They go on to say:
“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.
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 also wrote an early draft of Jim Henson’s 1986 film “Labyrinth,” co-created and co-wrote with Palin the anthology series “Ripping Yarns,” and was both a well-respected medieval historian and a prolific children’s book author. Here’s one of the memorable Python skits with Jones and Graham Chapman, the two now departed but never forgotten comedic greats.
Source: BBC News