Monty Python star Terry Jones died last night at the age of 77 with his wife by his side after battling a rare form of dementia that robbed him of his speech, his family announced today.
The actor and comedian directed some of the comedy troupe’s most-loved works, including Life Of Brian.
Tributes have poured in for the comedian including from fellow Python star Sir Michael Palin who said he was ‘kind, generous, supportive and passionate about living life to the full’.
He added: ‘Terry was one of my closest, most valued friends. 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.
‘I feel very fortunate to have shared so much of my life with him and my heart goes out to Anna, Alison and all his family.’
A message from the official Monty Python Twitter account read: ‘Farewell dear Terry J. Two down, four to go. Love Terry G, Mike, John & Eric.’