Published Dec 30, 2019Neil Innes, a cult musician known for his work with both Monty Python and Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, has passed away. He died on December 29 at the age of 75.
The news was confirmed via Innes's website:
It is with deep sorrow and great sadness that we have to announce the death of Neil James Innes on 29th December 2019.
We have lost a beautiful kind, gentle soul whose music and songs touched the heart of everyone and whose intellect and search for truth inspired us all.
He died of natural causes quickly without warning and, I think, without pain.
His wife Yvonne and their three sons Miles, Luke and Barney and three grandchildren Max Issy and Zac give thanks for his life, for his music and for the joy he gave us all.
The cultishly adored Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band was formed by Innes and Vivian Stanshaw in the 1960s. With that group, he wrote their hit "I'm an Urban Spacemen."
Innes became close friends with Monty Python's Eric Idle, with whom he wrote the songs for Monty Python & the Holy Grail. Innes also wrote the songs for the Beatles parody band the Rutles, playing the character Ron Nasty in the film All You Need Is Cash.