It’s a sad day for fans of British comedy troupe Monty Python. Yesterday evening, actor Terry Jones passed away at the age of 77. Known for a variety of characters in Monty Python’s shows and films, the man had contracted a rare form of dementia (known as FTD) four years ago. His health had slowly regressed over the years.
When the news broke, many around the internet began paying respects to Jones. Michael Palin, a fellow Python co-star, describes the man as “one of the funniest writer-performers of his generation.” John Cleese, another Python alumni, called him, “a man of so many talents and such endless enthusiasm.”
Jones’ surviving family, which includes his wife (Anna Soderstrom) and their children (Bill, Sally, and Siri), told Fox News, “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.”
As for me personally, I’m very saddened by the news. I took to Monty Python’s Flying Circus as a teen and began to discover that irreverent comedy could become an art form unto itself. While the skits and films were often goofy beyond reason, they typically held a message of satire, self-awareness, and contained impeccable comedic timing. Jones wasn’t always front and center, but his personality and charm were evident in every scene he was in.
It may be sad to lose him, but at least he is finally at peace. Our condolences go out to Jones’ family and friends in this tough time.
‘Monty Python’ star Terry Jones dead at 77 [Fox News]