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    Monty Python's Terry Jones (77) died after a long battle with FTD, a rare form of dementia

    Jones's family said the 77-year-old died Tuesday evening at his home in London. In a statement, his family said he died ?after a long, extremely brave but always good humored battle with a rare form of dementia, FTD.?

    Jones's wife, Anna Soderstrom, and children Bill, Sally and Siri, 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.?

    ?His work with Monty Python, his books, films, television programs, poems and other work will live on forever, a fitting legacy to a true polymath,? they said.

    Born in Wales in 1942, Jones attended Oxford University, where he began writing and performing with fellow student Michael Palin.

    After leaving university, he wrote for seminal 1960s comedy series including ?The Frost Report? and ?Do Not Adjust Your Set.? At the end of the decade he, Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Terry Gilliam formed Monty Python's Flying Circus, whose surreal, irreverent humor helped revolutionize British comedy.

    Jones wrote and performed for the troupe's early-70s TV series and films including ?Monty Python and the Holy Grail? in 1975 and ?Monty Python's Life of Brian? in 1979.

    After the troupe largely disbanded in the 1980s, Jones wrote books on medieval and ancient history, presented documentaries, directed films, wrote poetry and wrote the script for the Jim Henson-directed fantasy film ?Labyrinth.?

    In 2016 he was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, which gradually robbed him of the ability to write and speak.

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    I could write a frickin' essay about how much I loved this man, but I just finished watching The Meaning of Life so I'm feeling pretty good. I think he'd rather us laugh than eulogize him.

    So long, Terry.
    I'm moving on alone over ground that no one owns past statues that atone for my sins
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    Overflowing with a thousand amens - Tom Petty

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