Monty Python’s Terry Jones, 74, diagnosed with dementia

The Monty Python gang of (L-R) Michael Palin, Eric Idle,Terry Jones, Carol Cleveland, Terry Gilliam and John Cleese attend a photocall to publicize a a reunion show at the Corinthia Hotel in London on November 21, 2013. Jones has been diagnosed with a type of dementia. File photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI

LONDON, Sept. 23 (UPI) — Welsh-born filmmaker, TV presenter and “Monty Python” legend Terry Jones has been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a type of dementia.

The news was confirmed just as BAFTA Cymru announced its plans to honor the 74-year-old funnyman at a ceremony in Cardiff on Oct. 2.

“Terry has been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a variant of Frontotemporal Dementia. This illness affects his ability to communicate and he is no longer able to give interviews. Terry is proud and honored to be recognized in this way and is looking forward to the celebrations,” Jones’ spokesperson said in a statement Thursday.

In addition to being a member of the famed Monty Python comedy troupe, Jones also helmed the classic movies “Monty Python’s Life of Brian” and “The Meaning of Life,” and co-directed “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” with Terry Gilliam. He penned the screenplay for the 1986 fantasy movie “Labyrinth,” starring David Bowie, as well.

The surviving Pythons — Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam — reunited for 10 live performances at the O2 Arena in London in 2014.

Although most of the Pythons are active on Twitter, none had commented on Jones’ condition as of Friday morning.


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