Monty Python star Terry Jones has died at the age of 77.
The Welsh comic actor, writer and director died on Monday, four years after contracting a rare form of dementia known as FTD .
A statement from his family said: “We have all lost a kind, funny, warm, creative and truly loving man.”
Fellow Python Sir Michael Palin described Jones as “one of the funniest writer-performers of his generation”.
Palin went on: “Terry was one of my closest, most valued friends. He was kind, generous, supportive and passionate about living life to the full.
“He was far more than one of the funniest writer-performers of his generation, he was the complete Renaissance comedian – writer, director, presenter, historian, brilliant children’s author, and the warmest, most wonderful company you could wish to have.”
John Cleese said: “It feels strange that a man of so many talents and such endless enthusiasm, should have faded so gently away…”
He added: “Of his many achievements, for me the greatest gift he gave us all was his direction of Life of Brian. Perfection.”
Other comedy figures have paid tribute on social media.