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'Monty Python' Fans Mourn The Death Of The Franchise's Star Terry Jones

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By Clark Sparky

It was announced on Wednesday that Terry Jones, one of the founding members of Monty Python, died Tuesday after a nearly four-year battle with a rare form of dementia. He was a beloved figure among fans of the comedy franchise, which created groundbreaking films.

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Many fans took to social media to remember Jones and mourn the loss of such a legend.

"Terry Jones was the only Python who agreed to appear in The Young Ones. It was like affirmation from God himself. This was the man who’d directed what was, and still is, the funniest feature film ever made. We loved him for it, and always will. Sadly, he’s eaten his last mint...," one wrote.

"So sad to hear about Terry Jones. Much of modern comedy has been informed by Monty Python. In the Life of Brian, they not only pushed the proverbial boundaries, but, IMO, Terry Jones delivered one of THE very best lines in comedy," another said.

"Just such a lovely guy. Completely brilliant, but he wore it so lightly. Wonderfully self-deprecating. We once travelled right round the Circle Line together: he had me laughing all the way & was chuckling all the time too. So much warmth, intelligence & kindness. RIP," a third commented.

"So long, Terry! Thank you for directing the funniest movie ever and being part of many of the most hilarious moments in film & tv history," another replied.

The family released a statement on Wednesday confirming the news.

"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."

"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.

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