Terry Jones, one of the original cast members of 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' and director of 'Monty Python's The Life of Brian', 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail', and 'Monty Python's The Meaning of Life' has died at the age of 77.
For the past number of years, Jones had been suffering from primary progressive aphasia, which is a form of dementia. The disease was first noticed during rehearsals for Monty Python's reunion show in 2014, where Jones had a number of difficulties in remembering his lines. By 2016, Jones no longer gave interviews while in 2017, fellow Python Michael Palin revealed that Jones had lost the ability to speak due to the disease.
As well as acting as a performer with Monty Python and directing their movies, Jones was a well-known author of children's literature, including 'The Saga of Erik the Viking', 'Bert Fegg's Nasty Book for Boys and Girls', and 'The Lady and the Squire', which was nominated for the Whitbread Awards.
In a statement released to media, Michael Palin described Jones as "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."
Meanwhile, many on Twitter shared their favourite sketches from Terry Jones, such as these.
Farewell to the great Terry Jones. His influence was more than wafer thin. pic.twitter.com/sUAMVfvg2P
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 22, 2020
(1942 - 2020)
'Monty Python's Life of Brian' (1979) pic.twitter.com/TO2otHatzc
— World Cinema 🎬 (@WorldCinemania) January 22, 2020