Although they regularly performed and collaborated together throughout their long careers, the members of Monty Python actually operated, for the most part, as a set of discrete writing teams. As revealed in any number of sources—including the troupe’s own official oral history, Monty Python Speaks!—Graham Chapman worked primarily with his old friend John Cleese, while Michael Palin and Terry Jones formed a similar pre-existing team. (Eric Idle either worked on his own or with Chapman and Cleese, and Terry Gilliam was largely separated from the sketch-writing process by nature of his work in animation.) As such, there’s an especial impact in seeing Palin react to Jones’ death today; the pair had, after all, known each other and been working closely alongside each other for something on the order of almost 60 years.
Rest in Peace, Terry Jones (1 February 1942 – 21 January 2020)
director of “Monty Python’s Life of Brian”
Terry Jones’s dementia has not got to the stage where he has become unhappy and unaware of who he is, his Monty Python co-star Eric Idle has said.”It doesn’t seem to me that he’s unhappy,” Idle told the Radio Times. “He hasn’t forgotten who he is, yet. Terry’s still here. He’s not gone.”Earlier this year it was announced that the 73-year-old has primary progressive aphasia, a severe variant of dementia.