Monty Python star Terry Jones, who lived in the Llanbrynmair area, has died at the age of 77.

The actor and comedian, who had dementia, directed some of the comedy troupe’s most-loved works, including ‘Life Of Brian’.

Local tributes have been paid to the Welsh comic actor who had a home in north Powys since the 1970s.

Trudy Davies, of Woosnam & Davies News in Llanidloes, said he regularly bought magazines from the store.

“He was a lovely bloke who would visit the town with his gorgeous terrier dog. He had an absolutely lovely nature,” she said

“He loved Mid Wales. People around here treated him as a normal person, that’s why he liked it here. We don’t make a fuss.”

Jones was also a regular at Y Star Inn pub, in Dylife, and “loved” spending time in the area.

He was described as a “very down to earth” person who would do talks about medieval history at Staylittle Community Hall.

Jones appeared in TV series ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ in a variety of characters, and was known for his performances in drag.

In 2016 it was announced that Jones had been diagnosed with dementia.

County Times:

A statement on behalf of his family said: “We are deeply saddened to have to announce the passing of beloved husband and father, Terry Jones.

“Terry passed away on the evening of 21 January 2020 at the age of 77 with his wife Anna Soderstrom by his side after a long, extremely brave but always good humoured battle with a rare form of dementia, FTD.

“Over the past few days his wife, children, extended family and many close friends have been constantly with Terry as he gently slipped away at his home in North London.

“We have all lost a kind, funny, warm, creative and truly loving man whose uncompromising individuality, relentless intellect and extraordinary humour has given pleasure to countless millions across six decades.

“His work with ‘Monty Python’, his books, films, television programmes, poems and other work will live on forever, a fitting legacy to a true polymath.

“We, his wife Anna, children Bill, Sally, Siri and extended family would like to thank Terry’s wonderful medical professionals and carers for making the past few years not only bearable but often joyful. We hope that this disease will one day be eradicated entirely.”

The statement added: “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’.”

He had two children with Alison Telfer, who he married in 1970, and became a father again, at the age of 67, with second wife Anna Soderstrom.