Welsh comedian Terry Jones of the Monty Python comedy troupe has been diagnosed with dementia at the age of 74.
According to a representative from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Jones is suffering from primary progressive aphasia, which affects his ability to communicate. As a result, the highly esteemed actor, director and screenwriter “is no longer able to give interviews,” let alone perform.
This news comes shortly after it was announced that Jones will be honoured by the BAFTA Cymru for his outstanding contribution to film and television.
In the late 1960s, Jones alongside John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and the late Graham Chapman, created the ever popular British comedy series “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”.
From there, Jones went on to direct a number of Python films, including “Life of Brian” and “Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life”, and co-direct “Monty Python and The Holy Grail.”
With news of the diagnosis, fellow Python comedian Idle shared his thoughts, mentioning that the troupe had known about Jones’ dementia for a number of years.