Published Sep 23, 2016Terry Jones, a founding member of the legendary comedy troupe Monty Python, has been diagnosed with dementia. The news was confirmed via a press release from Britain's film academy.
According to the Canadian Press, the 74-year-old comedian is set to be honoured with an award for outstanding contributions to film and television from the academy's Welsh branch.
Jone will be unable to complete interviews about the award, however, as he has been diagnosed with progressive aphasia, which erodes his brain's ability to use language.
In addition to writing and acting with Monty Python, Jones also directed the group's films The Life of Brian and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. Alongside Terry Gilliam, he co-directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Jones was in the midst of crowdfunding a new novel called The Tyrant and the Squire as part of an ongoing medieval adventure series.