Monty Python star Terry Jones has died aged 77
MONTY Python star Terry Jones has died aged 77, it has been announced.
On-screen, the comedy genius had audiences in stitches in a variety of characters, often appearing in drag.
But he also directed Life Of Brian, a film which sparked outrage after its 1979 release but is now an undisputed comedy classic.
His family announced his death in a statement, saying: ‘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.
His family continued: ‘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.’
Tributes for Terry have come flooding in following the announcement of his death.
Sir Michael Palin said in a statement to the PA news agency: ‘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.
‘I feel very fortunate to have shared so much of my life with him and my heart goes out to Anna, Alison and all his family.’
Bafta also paid tribute to Jones, tweeting a message alongside a photograph of him and Sir Michael Palin in 2016.
Its tweet said: ‘We're saddened to hear of the passing of Terry Jones. Here he is receiving the Special Award For Outstanding Contribution to Film & Television from friend and fellow Python Michael Palin, at the 2016 @BAFTACymru Awards.’
The BFI tweeted: ‘We're deeply saddened to hear of the passing of comedy great Terry Jones.’