Writer, director, and comedian famous for being a member of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Welsh actor Terry Jones has died at the age of 77, his agent said.
“We are deeply saddened to have to announce the passing of beloved husband and father, Terry Jones,” a statement from his family said, adding that he passed 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,” the family added.
“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.”
Jones directed two of Monty Python’s most successful films, “Monty Python and The Holy Grail” in 1975 and “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life” in 1983, along with fellow Python Terry Gilliam.
“Terry was one of my closest, most valued friends. He was kind, generous, supportive and passionate about living life to the full,” said fellow Python Sir Michael Palin.
“He was far more than one of the funniest writer-performers of his generation, he was the complete Renaissance comedian – writer, director, presenter, historian, brilliant children’s author, and the warmest, most wonderful company you could wish to have.”
The family offered thanks to the “wonderful medical professionals and carers for making the past few years not only bearable but often joyful” during the care and treatment of Jones.
“We hope that this disease will one day be eradicated entirely,” the family added.
“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,’” the family said, and thanked Jones for “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.”