This is rather a sad day for the fans of classic British comedy, because we just found out that Monty Python’s Terry Jones died on Monday at the age of 77.
His family released a statement which said:
“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved husband and father, Terry Jones. He passed away 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.”
The Python star is probably best known for playing Brian’s Mum in The Life of Brian, Mr Creosote, the exploding fat man, in The Meaning of Life and countless other characters throughout the troupe’s time on screen. He also has a hand in directing the Python films, working alongside Terry Gilliam for The Holy Grail and then going alone for Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life.
In later life Jones also became a well-respected medieval historian, in both written and TV work that often aimed to challenge the typical views people had on the period. Of course he had quite a prolific career as a fiction writer, writing several children’s books and even an adaptation of Douglas Adams’ Starship Titanic video game.