Terry Jones, comedian, scholar, director and Monty Python member, has died at age 77. He had been suffering for four years from a rare form of dementia known as FTD. Fellow Python Michael Palin said in a statement to the BBC, "Terry was one of my closest, most valued friends. He was kind, generous, supportive and passionate about living life to the full." John Cleese said, "It feels strange that a man of so many talents and such endless enthusiasm, should have faded so gently away."

In addition to writing and performing with Monty Python, Jones also directed or co-directed their films, and he directed other films, too, most recently 2015's Absolutely Anything. He was also a respected Medieval historian and made many television documentaries on the period, and he also wrote childrens books. It's hard to overstate his influence on comedy and popular culture. Rest in peace, Terry.

Read tributes to Terry from fellow comedians, filmmakers and more, and watch a few of his classic Python clips, below.

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