Sources have recently confirmed that Monty Python star Terry Jones has been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia.
Primary progressive aphasia is a form of dementia which takes effect on the effect persons ability to speak and communicate. His spokesperson stated:
“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 honoured to be recognised in this way and is looking forward to the celebrations.”
Only two years ago Jones reconciled with former surviving Python members for one last tour at the 02 Arena. Former Python member Eric Idle tweeted about the news, stating:
Idle’s tweet seems to make the suggestion that Jones’ close friends and family knew of his condition and he has only recently made it a public affair. Luckily he managed to perform all twelve of the live shows of Monty Python: Live (Mostly).
The news that Jones had been diagnosed came from Bafta Cymru who are holding an awards ceremony to commemorate his contributions to film and television.
His contributions to film and television have seen a massive range, beginning with Monty Python and most recently his film Absolutely Anything. He was also behind the genius of the Monty Python films, directing and starring in both Life of Brian and Holy Grail.
In 2011 he stated he would have been reluctant to make the film Life of Brian. This is due to the resurgence in religious beliefs. Of course Life of Brian was a box office success, as were Jones’ other films. Other films that Jones produced were Personal Services and the screenplay for Labyrinth.
Jones had recently began crowdfunding his new book “The Tyrant and the Squire” which is being backed publicly on Unbound. A link for that can be found here: