Monty Python stars will ‘rally round’ Terry Jones after dementia diagnosis

Michael Palin says longtime friend and collaborators illness is terribly sad but that comedy group are not a sentimental bunch

The Monty Python team will rally round Terry Jones following his dementia diagnosis, Michael Palin has said.

Palin, a fellow Python and friend of Jones since they met while studying at Oxford in the early 1960s, said it was a terribly sad thing to befall anyone.

Jones announced last month that he had been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, a form of dementia that will rob him of the power of speech.

Ive known that Terrys memory was fading for a couple of years, Palin told the Radio Times. This is progressive and the loss of the ability to speak is one of the things it brings. I grew up with a father who stammered and that was difficult enough for him. But for words just not to even be there, not to utter anything, its a terribly sad thing to befall anyone.

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