Terry Jones, one of the six comedians that make up the Monty Python comedy troupe, has passed away at the age of 77. For the last few years of his life, Jones was battling a rare form of dementia called primary progressive aphasia. Jones was at home alongside his wife when he died Saturday evening, according to a statement from his family.
"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," the statement said. "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."
Of the many contributions Jones made to Monty Python, perhaps the most notable was his decision to often abandon punchlines at the end of sketches, creating the stream of consciousness style that set "Monty Python's Flying Circus" apart from other comedy programs at the time.
Jones co-directed "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," the most well-known of their films, and then directed "Life of Brian" and "The Meaning of Life" on his own.
As impressive as his contributions to the cult comedy troupe were, one may argue that Jones' post Python achievements were even more impressive. Jones was a prolific writer of both children's literature and Medieval history. In a 2011 interview with the BBC, Jones said that he hoped his legacy would focus on these aspects of his career.
Other members of Monty Python have reacted to the news on social media, with John Cleese, in particular, showing a bit of the gallows humor that the troupe was known for.
Others within the comedy community also expressed their sorrow.
Jones will clearly be missed. In his honor, we present one of the many ways that his legacy will live on, through Monty Python tattoos that fans have gotten over the years. Enjoy.