Last updated on January 22, 2020
Terry Jones, a founding member of this anarchic Monty Python troupe who had been hailed by a colleague as”the whole Renaissance comic book,” has died after a struggle with dementia. Jones’s family stated the 77-year-old died Tuesday evening at his house in London. In a statement, his family said he died”after a long, exceptionally courageous but consistently good-humored struggle with a rare type of dementia, FTD.”
Jones’s wife, Anna Soderstrom, along with kids Bill, Sally and Siri, stated”we’ve all lost a sort, humorous, hot, creative and genuinely loving man whose amazing individuality, constant intellect and extraordinary humor has given joy to countless millions across six decades”
“His work with Monty Python, his novels, movies, television programs, poems as well as other work will live on eternally, a fitting legacy to a genuine polymath,” they stated.
Produced in Wales in 1942, Jones attended Oxford University, where he started composing and performing fellow pupil Michael Palin. After leaving college, he composed for seminal 1960s comedy series such as The Frost Report and Do Not Adjust Your Set. In the close of the decade, Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Terry Gilliam shaped Monty Python’s Flying Circus, whose surreal, irreverent humor helped revolutionize British humor.
Jones composed and played for the troupe’s early-70s TV series and movies such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail in 1975 and Monty Python’s Life of Brian in 1979.
Playing with the mom of Brian, a young man who’s confused for Jesus, he delivered one of the Pythons’ most famous lines: “He is not the Messiah. He is a naughty boy”
Following the troupe largely disbanded in the 1980s, Jones wrote books on ancient and medieval history, introduced documentaries, led movies, composed poetry and wrote the script to its Jim Henson-directed fantasy movie Labyrinth.
In 2016 he had been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, which slowly robbed him of their ability to write and talk. “(He) was among my dearest, most loved ones.
“He had been far more than among the funniest writer-performers of the creation. He had been the whole Renaissance comedian — author, director, presenter, historian, excellent children’s writer, and also the warmest, most amazing business that you could want to get,” Palin said.