We all knew he was in the grip of a nasty dementia problem, but this news is so saddening.
I was so lucky to have been around when he first bounded onto the screen with Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin and Eric Idle. I watched the first episodes with my dad, as we were addicts for the humour of recent predecessors like Tim Brooke-Taylor and Marty Feldman, and after a few pints in the local, it was that enigmatic drawl of the intro to Monty Python which made the week such a great place to be alive in!
I easily remember later showings in the late sixties, laughing uncontrollably as we raced up the stairs outside the flat in Chelsea, trying to get to the Finborough Arms before closing time, and giggling with an Aussie flatmate for ages - all because of really funny men like Terry Jones!
Thanks Terry, you can now start all over again, up there, and it'll be a much funnier place, that's after you've had to make them let you in, especially after your rendition of one of the best-loved lines in any comedy show!