- The Washington Times - Friday, September 23, 2016

Terry Jones of “Monty Python” fame has been diagnosed with dementia.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts released a statement Friday on the 74-year-old comedian’s health, along with news that he will be honored with an outstanding contribution award. Mr. Jones can no longer give interviews due to progressive aphasia, which affects portions of the brain that are essential for speech.

“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,” Hannah Raybould, director of Bafta Cymru, said.

A spokesman for the Mr. Jonestold BBC on Friday that he is honored for the recognition and “looking forward to the celebrations.”

Mr. Jones directed “Life of Brian” in 1979 and “Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life” in 1983. He co-directed “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” with Terry Gilliam in 1975.

The writer also appeared in 10 “Monty Python” reunion performance in London in 2014.

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