Terry Jones, Monty Python Co-Founder, Dead at 77

The comedian had been suffering from a rare form of dementia

Actor Terry Jones attends the American Cinematheque presents Monty Python's Terry Jones in conversation with Edgar Wright held at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre on December 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
Actor Terry Jones attends the American Cinematheque presents Monty Python's Terry Jones in conversation with Edgar Wright held at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre on December 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
By Bonnie Stiernberg / January 22, 2020 9:24 am

Legendary British comedian and founding member of Monty Python Terry Jones has reportedly passed away at the age of 77 after suffering from dementia for several years.

“We are deeply saddened to have to announce the passing of beloved husband and father, Terry Jones,” his family said in a statement. “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 humored 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 humor has given pleasure to countless millions across six decades.”

Jones, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese and Terry Gilliam performed together on the BBC’s Monty Python’s Flying Circus from 1969 to 1974 before taking the comedy troupe to the big screen with Monty Python and the Holy Grail in 1975. Jones directed Life of Brian in 1979 and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life in 1983.

Jones is survived by his wife Anna, his daughter Siri and two children from his first marriage.

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