Monty Python’s Terry Jones di­ag­nosed with de­men­tia

Malta Independent - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Monty Python star Terry Jones has been di­ag­nosed with a se­vere vari­ant of de­men­tia.

The 74-year-old is suf­fer­ing from pri­mary pro­gres­sive apha­sia, which af­fects his abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate.

As a re­sult, Jones “is no longer able to give in­ter­views”, his spokesman said.

The news was con­firmed as Bafta Cymru an­nounced the Welsh-born co­me­dian is to be hon­oured with an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion award.

The Na­tional Apha­sia As­so­ci­a­tion de­scribes pri­mary pro­gres­sive apha­sia as a neu­ro­log­i­cal syn­drome in which lan­guage ca­pa­bil­i­ties be­come slowly and pro­gres­sively im­paired.

“It com­monly be­gins as a sub­tle dis­or­der of lan­guage, pro­gress­ing to a nearly to­tal in­abil­ity to speak, in its most se­vere stage,” their web­site states.

Jones was a mem­ber of the leg­endary com­edy troupe with Terry Gil­liam, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin and the late Gra­ham Chap­man.

He di­rected Monty Python’s Life of Brian and The Mean­ing of Life and co-di­rected Monty Python and the Holy Grail with Gil­liam.

Kathryn Smith, di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions at Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety, said: “We are deeply sorry to hear about Terry Jones’s di­ag­no­sis of de­men­tia and are think­ing of Terry and his fam­ily dur­ing this time.

His award was an­nounced at the Bafta Cymru nom­i­na­tions party, ahead of the Bri­tish Acad­emy Cymru Awards on 2 Oc­to­ber.

“Terry is proud and hon­oured to be recog­nised in this way and is look­ing for­ward to the cel­e­bra­tions,” his spokesman said.

Han­nah Ray­bould, di­rec­tor of Bafta Cymru, said: “We are very much look­ing for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing the work of Terry Jones dur­ing the cer­e­mony with a look back at his work from 1969 to the present day.”

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