Monty Python star Terry Jones dead at 77
JAN 22, 2020 | 8:14 AM

Terry Jones arrives at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in 2010. Terry Jones, a member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, died on Jan. 21, 2020, at 77. (Chris Pizzello/AP)

Terry Jones, a founding member of the anarchic Monty Python troupe who was hailed by a colleague as “the complete Renaissance comedian," has died after a battle with dementia.

Jones's family said the 77-year-old died Tuesday evening at his home in London. In a statement, his family said he died “after a long, extremely brave but always good humored battle with a rare form of dementia, FTD.”

Jones's wife, Anna Soderstrom, and children Bill, Sally and Siri, said “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.”
What a loss!

Jones had a rare type of dementia that didn't impair his memory or self-awareness but did steal his language and self-expression.

Of course, as Michael Palin put it:

“He was very matter of fact about it and would stop people in the street and tell them: ‘I’ve got dementia, you know. My frontal brain lobe has absconded’.

“He knew exactly what was affecting him and he wanted to share that knowledge – because that is the way that Terry is. FTD may cause loss of inhibition, but Terry was never very inhibited in the first place.”
Rest in peace Terry. You gave the world many, many hours of not altogether innocent fun.

Chi Trib

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