Monty Python's Terry Jones diagnosed with rare dementia

Terry Jones, best known for his part in the British comedy group Monty Python, has been diagnosed with a rare form of dementia, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts confirmed today.

"Terry has been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a variant of Frontotemporal Dementia," a representative for Jones said in a statement released through BAFTA. "This illness affects his ability to communicate and he is no longer able to give interviews."

    The statement came along with news that the academy will present its Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television to Jones.

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