"Monty Python" star Terry Jones has passed.

"Monty Python" star Terry Jones has died at age 77.

Jones was a member of the British comedy group and also directed a number of its most popular films, including "Life of Brian" and "The Meaning of Life."

In recent years he had battled a rare form of dementia that affects speech. He died on Saturday evening with his wife by his side, his family said in a statement.

In addition to being a charter member of the Monty Python sketch troupe, he was a director, a screenwriter and an authority on Chaucer.

Mr. Jones, four other Britons — Michael Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese and Graham Chapman — and an American, Terry Gilliam, formed Monty Python in 1969. Their television sketch show, “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” became a phenomenon, first in Britain and then in the United States when it was rebroadcast there in the mid-1970s.

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