He died on Monday (January 20), after living with a rare form of dementia called FTD for the past four years.
"We have all lost a kind, funny, warm, creative and truly loving man," his family said in a statement [via the BBC]. "We hope that this disease will one day be eradicated entirely. We ask that our privacy be respected at this sensitive time and give thanks that we lived in the presence of an extraordinarily talented, playful and happy man living a truly authentic life, in his words 'Lovingly frosted with glucose.'"
Jones met Michael Palin at Oxford University, and they went on to create the TV series Monty Python's Flying Circus alongside John Cleese, Eric Idle and Graham Chapman.
Jones appeared onscreen in Flying Circus and the group's films, playing characters like Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson, Cardinal Biggles of the Spanish Inquisition and Mr. Creosote.
He also co-directed The Holy Grail with Terry Gilliam and had sole directing credits on Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life.
A number of celebrities from the British comedy world and beyond have shared tributes to the late Python. Read some of those below.
Just heard about Terry J— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) January 22, 2020
It feels strange that a man of so many talents and such endless enthusiasm, should have faded so gently away...
Of his many achievements, for me the greatest gift he gave us all was his direction of 'Life of Brian'. Perfection
Two down, four to go
Farewell, Terry Jones. The great foot has come down to stamp on you. My god what pleasure you gave, what untrammelled joy and delight. What a wonderful talent, heart and mind— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 22, 2020
Thank you Terry for a lifetime of laughter. pic.twitter.com/Z1dqfNklJ9— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) January 22, 2020
RIP the actual genius Terry Jones. Far too many brilliant moments to choose from. Here's one random wafer-thin mint. https://t.co/qMrR9aOV9s— Charlie Brooker (@charltonbrooker) January 22, 2020
A very fond farewell to Terry Jones: Not only 1/6 of the Pythons, Mr Creosote, Arthur Two Sheds Jackson, Dino Vercotti, Mandy Cohen, Prince Herbert, Cardinal Biggles & the Nude Organist, but also esteemed director of all time comedy classic; 'Life Of Brian'. He will be missed. pic.twitter.com/PeBDlvGfsD— edgarwright (@edgarwright) January 22, 2020
36 years ago I met Terry Jones. I was meant to interview him. I asked for tea, so he opened a bottle of Chablis & got me drunk. He was funny, brilliant and honest. He was irrepressible and is seen here repressing the very young me. Rest in Peace, Terry. You were an inspiration. pic.twitter.com/fNBJZwOFcX— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) January 22, 2020