Comedy legend Terry Jones has died at the age of 77.
The Monty Python star died on Tuesday following a long battle with frontotemporal dementia.
Jones wrote some of the comedy group’s most well-known sketches, and also directed the classic films Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Life of Brian.
A statement issued on behalf of his family reads: “We are deeply saddened to have to announce the passing of beloved husband and father, Terry Jones.
“Terry passed away on the evening of January 21 2020 at the age of 77 with his wife Anna Soderstrom by his side after a long, extremely brave, but always good humoured battle with a rare form of dementia, FTD.
“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.
“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.
“His work with Monty Python, his books, films, television programmes, poems and other work will live on forever, a fitting legacy to a true polymath.
“We, his wife Anna, children Bill, Sally, Siri and extended family would like to thank Terry’s wonderful medical professionals and carers for making the past few years not only bearable but often joyful. We hope that this disease will one day be eradicated entirely.”
The statement added: “We ask that our privacy be respected at this sensitive time and give thanks that we lived in the presence of an extraordinarily talented, playful and happy man living a truly authentic life, in his words ‘lovingly frosted with glucose’.”
Outwith comedy, the Welshman was also a respected medieval historian, fronting several TV shows and writing a number of books on the era.
Jones linked up with writing partner Michael Palin while the pair were studying at Oxford University.
After writing and starring in a number of successful comedy shows, they teamed up with John Cleese, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman and Terry Gilliam to form Monty Python.
He appeared in TV series Monty Python’s Flying Circus in a variety of characters, and was known for his performances in drag.
In 2013, St Andrews University awarded Jones an honorary degree.
In 2016 it was announced that Jones had been diagnosed with dementia.
Tributes have been pouring in for Jones on social media.
Farewell, Terry Jones. The great foot has come down to stamp on you. My god what pleasure you gave, what untrammelled joy and delight. What a wonderful talent, heart and mind
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 22, 2020
Lovely Terry Jones, the heart of Python. Ripping Yarns remains so gloriously funny, and Bert Fegg's Nasty Book For Boys & Girls made me laugh like a small fool when I was eight. Very sad to see him go.
— Simon Blackwell (@simonblackwell) January 22, 2020