Monty Python co-founder and director Terry Jones died on Tuesday at age 77. In the wake of the tragic news, many who he worked with him or admired his work are sharing their tributes to the comedic icon.
One of them is John Cleese, who starred in several of Jones' films, including Life of Brian. He took to Twitter to post his thoughts on the news.
"Just heard about Terry J
It feels strange that a man of so many talents and such endless enthusiasm, should have faded so gently away...
Of his many achievements, for me the greatest gift he gave us all was his direction of 'Life of Brian'. Perfection
Two down, four to go."
"I just don't have the words, John. Except that he will be missed so greatly, yet never forgotten. I'm so sorry for your loss," one fan replied.
"I'm so sorry about the loss of your friend, Mr. Cleese. I can't begin to say how much the brilliant work he did with you has meant to me and the enormous impact it had on my entire view of the world and all its absurdities," another said.
Jones' family released a statement about his death on Wednesday.
"We are deeply saddened to have to announce the passing of beloved husband and father, Terry Jones," the statement began. "Terry passed away on the evening of 21 January 2020 at the age of 77 with his wife Anna Soderstrom by his side after a long, extremely brave but always good humoured battle with a rare form of dementia, FTD."
"Over the past few days his wife, children, extended family and many close friends have been constantly with Terry as he gently slipped away at his home in North London," the statement continued. "We have all lost a kind, funny, warm, creative and truly loving man whose uncompromising individuality, relentless intellect and extraordinary humour has given pleasure to countless millions across six decades.
"His work with Monty Python, his books, films, television programmes, poems and other work will live on forever, a fitting legacy to a true polymath."
"We, his wife Anna, children Bill, Sally, Siri and extended family would like to thank Terry’s wonderful medical professionals and carers for making the past few years not only bearable but often joyful," they added.
"We hope that this disease will one day be eradicated entirely. We ask that our privacy be respected at this sensitive time and give thanks that we lived in the presence of an extraordinarily talented, playful and happy man living a truly authentic life, in his words 'Lovingly frosted with glucose,'" the statement concluded.