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Monty Python’s Terry Jones Diagnosed With Dementia

September 23, 2016 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Terry Jones

One of the core members of Monty Python has been diagnosed with dementia. Terry Jones has been revealed as having primary progressive aphasia. The condition is a variant of Frontotemporal Dementia and affects his ability to communicate or give interviews.

Jones’s condition was announced on BAFTA’s website as part of his being named a recipient of the film and TV association’s Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television. A representative for Jones made the statement, saying:

“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.”

Jones directed both The Meaning of Life and The Life of Brian, as well as co-directing Monty Python and the Holy Grail with Terry Gilliam. He played Sir Bedevere the Wise in Holy Grail. On behalf of 411, our best wishes to Jones in his fight against the disease.