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Monty Python star Terry Jones dies with a variant of frontotemporal dementia

Friday 24 January 2020

Terry Jones, one of the original members of British surreal comedy group Monty Python, passed away on 21 January, four years after contracting a variant of frontotemporal dementia. The Welsh actor and writer played a variety of characters in the group's Flying Circus television series, and directed several of their films, including Life of Brian (1979).

A statement from his family said:

"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. 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." Terry Gilliam, with whom he directed The Holy Grail (1975), described him as a "brilliant, constantly questioning, iconoclastic, righteously argumentative and angry but outrageously funny and generous and kind human being".

Sir Michael Palin paid an emotional tribute to him in an interview with the BBC: Our thoughts are with the Jones family, at this sad time.

Pictured: Monty Python, with Terry Jones in the centre.