Jones, who had suffered from primary progressive aphasia — a degenerative disease that rendered him unable to speak — passed away with his wife by his side on Saturday (January 18), CNN learned early Wednesday morning via Britain’s PA Media news agency.
“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,” his family confirmed in a statement. “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.”
The actor-director, best known for his portrayals in Monty Python projects like The Meaning of Life and Life of Brian, was cherished for his hilarious depictions, namely for his unforgettable impersonations of middle-aged female characters. Outside of co-founding the famous comedy troupe, Jones also authored books, wrote poetry and TV programs, and even drafted the early screenplay for the 1986 David Bowie starrer Labyrinth.
In light of the devastating news, Jones’ co-stars and fans have been giving tributes in his honor.
"Terry was one of my closest, most valued friends. He was kind, generous, supportive and passionate about living life to the full,” Monty Python castmate Michael Palin told PA. “Farewell, Terry Jones. What a wonderful talent, heart and mind,” comedian Stephen Fry added in a tweet.
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