Beloved Monty Python Star Battling Dementia
Founding member of legendary comedy troupe Monty Python, Terry Jones, is suffering from dementia.
Jones' long time collaborator and friend Michael Palin has revealed the heart breaking news on his Facebook page.
"Terry J has been my close friend and workmate for over fifty years,"
"The progress of his dementia has been painful to watch and the news announced yesterday that he has a type of aphasia which is gradually depriving him of the ability to speak is about the cruellest thing that could befall someone to whom words, ideas, arguments, jokes and stories were once the stuff of life. Not that Terry is out of circulation."
"He spends time with his family and only two days ago I met up with him for one of our regular meals at his local pub,"
"Howard Johnson, an American friend of Python, was in town and took this picture. Terry doesn’t say very much but he smiles, laughs, recognises and responds, and I’m always pleased to see him. Long may that last."
Born in Wales, Jones attended Oxford with Palin before they both graduated and went on to write and starr on several comedy shows including Do Not Adjust Your Set and The Frost Report.
After the surprisingly successful run of Monty Python's Flying Circus on TV, the group turned their attention to films, with Jones co-directing The Holy Grail with Terry Gilliam, and he was sole director on Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life.
Jones continued working as a writer, director, actor and musician before rejoining the group for their massively popular reunion shows in 2014.