Monty Python Member and Life of Brian Director Terry Jones Dies at 77

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Monty Python is probably one of the most celebrated sketch comedy shows of all time, and the franchise has just lost one integral member in the form of Terry Jones.

Jones, who had co-directed Monty Python films like Holy Grail, Life of Brian, and The Meaning of Life, had died at the age of 77 after struggling with dementia for several years. This was the statement released by his family (via ScreenCrush):

"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."

Jones had been a member of the Pythons from the very beginning, and has been integral when it comes to their films. He also played the part of Mr. Creosote in a Meaning of Life sketch, and he picked the skit as one of the Top 10 Monty Python Movie Moments for Esquire Magazine:

No doubt Jones passing has sparked a lot of tributes online, specifically for people who grew up watching his comedy:

We also got this post from fellow Python John Cleese:

Jones was a comedy hero to many, and for sure a lot of people are saddened by his passing. If you want to pay special tribute to him though, I suggest you check out his films like Holy Grail, Life of Brian, Meaning of Life, and Flying Circus now out on Netflix.

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