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Terry Jones death: Monty Python star dies, aged 77

Monty Python star Terry Jones has died at the age of 77, his agent has said.

Jones was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia in 2016.

His former co-star, writing partner and friend Michael Palin recently revealed that Jones was “not doing terribly well", adding that it was "just a matter of time”.

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After graduating from Oxford University with Palin, Jones co-created Monty Python's Flying Circus with Cambridge graduates Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman and filmmaker Terry Gilliam.

Jones was behind some of the show's most surreal sketches.

He stepped behind the camera in 1975 as co-director of Monty Python and the Holy Grail alongside Gilliam. He was the sole director of acclaimed sequels Life of Brian (1979) and The Meaning of Life (1983).

His most recent film was the 2015 comedy Absolutely Anything, which starred Simon Pegg.

Recalling meeting Jones at Oxford University, Palin said: The first thing that struck me was what a nice bloke he was. He had no airs and graces. We had a similar idea of what humour could do and where it should go, mainly because we both liked characters; we both appreciated that comedy wasn’t just jokes."

Palin recently discussed Jones' condition on BBC Radio 2.

When asked by Zoe Ball how Jones was getting on, he said: “Well, not terribly well – the kind of dementia he has is not something that can be cured particularly. It’s just a matter of time.

“I go and see him, but he can’t speak much, which is a terrible thing.” 

He shared a story about how, during a recent visit, he brought a book they wrote together in the 1980s called Bert Fegg’s Encyclopaedia of All World Knowledge, and was tickled to see that Jones would only laugh at the bits he had written without Palin.

“I thought, ‘That shows that something is ticking over’,” he said.

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