Terry Jones, Python co-creator, dies at 77

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by Charlie Spargo

Star of Monty Python, Terry Jones, has died at the age of 77, as confirmed by his agent.

Jones was one of the co-creators of classic comedy series Monty Python's Flying Circus, which first aired on the BBC in October 1969. He created the concept alongside Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam.

He met Palin at Oxford and became a writer and performer in shows like Do Not Adjust Your Set and The Frost Report, before moving onto Python. He was also the co-director of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and directed the subsequent Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life. 

Terry Jones received a BAFTA Cymru Lifetime Achievement award for his outstanding contribution to TV and film.

In 2015 Jones was diagnosed with a form of dementia, a condition that gradually prevented him from speaking and communicating. He gave an interview to The Guardian in 2017, during which Michael Palin said "the most difficult thing [must be] not to be able to say quite simply how you are feeling on a given occasion. We assume that he is happy, but that assumption could be wrong. We just don’t know.”

Jones was married to Anna Söderström and had three children; two with his first wife, Alison Telfer.