Monty Python star Michael Palin pays touching tribute to late friend Terry Jones

Monty Python star Michael Palin paid tribute to his dear friend Terry Jones this afternoon

Jones, 77, died yesterday with his wife Anna by his side, his family announced earlier today.

Taking to Twitter, Palin shared a photo of the two friends and collaborators along with a touching message about their history together.

He said: "You will be very missed old friend. I feel very fortunate to have shared so much of my life with Terry."

In the comments below, Monty Python fans weighed in on the thread, paying their condolences to the late film legend.

One said: "We all loved him, Michael, but none so much as you. Sincere condolences."

A second added: "I am so sorry, I can’t imagine the pain."

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While a third remarked: "RIP Terry and condolences to your good self and the other Pythons."

Palin and Jones met at Oxford University in the 60s, where they sparked up a lifelong friendship.

Speaking about the first time they met, Michael told Chap: "The first thing that struck me was what a nice bloke he was.

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"He had no airs and graces. We had a similar idea of what humour could do and where it should go, mainly because we both liked characters; we both appreciated that comedy wasn't just jokes."

The two went on to perform together in the Oxford Revue, a comedy group for university students.

In 1975, Jones co-created Monty Python and the Holy Grail, casting Palin as a lead character in the film.

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Over the years, the two maintained a special friendship, with Palin calling him "one of his closest, most valued friends".

Speaking on BBC Radio Four's The World at One, he added: "Part of his warmth was his love of all sorts of things and comedies – he knew an awful lot about the silent film comedians.

"There were so many aspects to Terry, but I would say enthusiasm and passion were the two main words that described him best."

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