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    Monty Python star Terry Jones dies aged 77

    Terry Jones, a founding member of famed British comedy troupe Monty Python, has died aged 77.


    Terry Jones, a founding member of famed British comedy troupe Monty Python, has died aged 77.

    Jones's agent said he died on Tuesday evening (local time).

    In a statement, his family said he died "after a long, extremely brave but always good humoured battle with a rare form of dementia, FTD."

    Jones was diagnosed in 2016 with primary progressive aphasia (PPA), a severe form of dementia that affected his ability to communicate.

    With Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, the late Graham Chapman and Terry Gilliam, Jones formed Monty Python's Flying Circus, whose anarchic humour helped revolutionise British comedy.

    One of Jones's most famous scenes was as the mother of Brian in Monty Python's Life of Brian, in which he uttered the line: "He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy".

    More to come.


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