News - January 22, 2020

Monty Python's Terry Jones dies, aged 77
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Monty Python's Terry Jones dies, aged 77

Writer, director and Monty Python co-founder Terry Jones has died at the age of 77, his agent has announced. A statement released by his family said that Jones had died at his home in the evening on January 21st, with his wife Anna Soderstrom by his side, following what the statement describes as “a long, extremely brave but always good humoured battle with a rare form of dementia, FTD.”

The statement goes on to say: “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.

"His work with Monty Python, his books, films, television programmes, poems and other work will live on forever, a fitting legacy to a true polymath.

"We, his wife Anna, children Bill, Sally, Siri and extended family would like to thank Terry's wonderful medical professionals and carers for making the past few years not only bearable but often joyful.

"We hope that this disease will one day be eradicated entirely. We ask that our privacy be respected at this sensitive time and give thanks that we lived in the presence of an extraordinarily talented, playful and happy man living a truly authentic life, in his words 'Lovingly frosted with glucose.'”

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