Monty Python Star Terry Jones Dies Aged 77

Legendary Monty Pythons comedian Terry Jones has died aged 77, his agent has said.

A statement from Jones' family said Wednesday: "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."

The statement continued: "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 shot to fame in the late 1960s in the U.K. and worldwide as a member of the surrealist comedy troupe Monty Python, alongside fellow members John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle and the late George Chapman.

The group starred in the famous BBC sketch series Monty Python's Flying Circus between 1969 and 1974. They also wrote and starred in several cult classic comedy films including Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, which Jones also directed, and The Meaning of Life.

The various members of the Pythons achieved their own individual fame through much of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. In 2014, however, the five surviving members of the group reunited for a series of sold-out shows at London's The O2 arena.

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Actor Terry Jones attends the American Cinematheque presents Monty Python's Terry Jones in conversation with Edgar Wright held at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre on December 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. Tommaso Boddi/WireImage/Getty