Terry Jones, one of the founding members of Monty Python, a British sketch comedy trope that revolutionized comedy in the 1970s and 1980s, has passed away at the age of 77 after a long battle with Frontotemporal Dementia. Alongside fellow Pythons and comedy legends Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gillam and the late Graham Chapman, Terry Jones created films like Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, and Monty Python's Life of Brian, all of which he also directed.
Jones's death was confirmed by his agent Wednesday afternoon. In a statement released by his family, they said, “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.”
Last seen in public during a reunion with the other living Monty Python members for a series of shows at London’s O2 Arena. Soon after, he was diagnosed and gave his last interview in 2016.
Reacting to his death, fellow Python Michael Palin said, "Terry was one of my closest, most valued friends. He was kind, generous, supportive and passionate about living life to the full. 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.”