The comedy community is in mourning after the news of Terry Jones, a founding member of legendary sketch troupe Monty Python, has passed away.
The seventy-seven year old Welsh comedian was surrounded by friends and family in hhis North London home for his final moments.
Jones was one of the group’s key on-screen stars and the directorial talent behind The Holy Grail, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life.
He died four years after being diagnosed with a rare form of dementia.
Some of his Python cast mates have reflected on the immense loss, with many in their own, morbid comedy style.
Just heard about Terry J— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) January 22, 2020
It feels strange that a man of so many talents and such endless enthusiasm, should have faded so gently away...
Of his many achievements, for me the greatest gift he gave us all was his direction of 'Life of Brian'. Perfection
Two down, four to go
Jones was known for sprinkling Monty Python’s work with absurd characters. Some of their most memorable lines in their work, and indeed British comedy history, have been written or voiced by Jones.
Who could forget the Messiah scene in The Life of Brian...
You may also remember him playing Mr Creosote, the restaurant patron who violently exploded after indulging a little too much. A little waffer was the straw that broke the camels back, and one of my favourite comedy scenes to date.
Another incredible achievement of Jones' was penning the screenplay Labyrinth, a cult classic which starred David Bowie.
He has also written many a children's book, TV documentary and analytical article, this one criticising the Western involvement in the so called "War on Terror" which you can see here.
Vale, Terry, you very naughty boy.
He was a very naughty boy, and the world will miss him. ♥️🙏 pic.twitter.com/z9xHM26ooz— Benonwine (@benonwine) January 22, 2020