He is no more. He’s passed on. He has ceased to be! He’s expired and gone to meet his maker. He’s a stiff. Bereft of life, He rests in peace.  His metabolic processes are now history. He’s off the twig. He’s kicked the bucket, he’s shuffled off his mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleeding choir invisible.

This is an ex-python.

The Monty Python founding member died Tuesday after a battle with dementia.
The news that Monty Python founding member and beloved comedian, writer and director Terry Jones had died provoked an instant outpouring of emotion across the U.K.’s entertainment world Wednesday.

Michael Palin, Jones’ friend and fellow Python (the two met while studying at Oxford University), offered the highest praise to his former comic collaborator.

“He was far more than one of the funniest writer-performers of his generation, he was the complete Renaissance comedian — writer, director, presenter, historian, brilliant children’s author and the warmest, most wonderful company you could wish to have,” Palin said in a statement.


Sigh. All my best heroes from the 60’s and 70’s are not getting out of this decade alive. Monty Python was the best at being subversive and Terry Jones was responsible for directing all the Python movies, only sharing duties with Terry Gilliam on Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Share your thoughts and memories below. Here’s my favorite Terry Jones moment from Monty Python.