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'Monty Python' Star Terry Jones Dies After Battling A Rare Form Of Dementia

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By Clark Sparky

Legendary comedic actor and director Terry Jones died on Tuesday at age 77 his family confirmed. He was best known for his work on the Monty Python series of shows and films. Jones was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, an uncommon form of dementia, in 2015.

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The family confirmed the sad news in a public statement.

"We are deeply saddened to have to announce the passing of beloved husband and father, Terry Jones," the statement began. "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," the statement continued. "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."

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"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," they added.

"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,'" the statement concluded.

PopCulture.com has more details on Jones' life and career:

Born in Wales in 1942, Jones became involved in theater at the Oxford University, where he met his long-term collaborator and friend, Michael Palin. After performing a number of revues together for the university's theatre club, the duo appeared in the 1967 TV sketch comedy Twice a Fortnight. Just two years later, they created The Complete and Utter History of Britain. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the comedy sketches appeared on the show Do Not Adjust Your Set, which introduced Jones and Palin to Eric Idle and later John Cleese and Graham Chapman. Together, along with Terry Gilliam, the five created Monty Python's Flying Circus, which ran on the BBC from 1969-74.

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