'Monty Python' star Terry Jones' dementia so bad he 'can no longer speak'

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Actor Terry Jones attends the American Cinematheque presents Monty Python's Terry Jones in conversation with Edgar Wright held at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre on December 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)

Terry Jones' dementia has become so bad he can reportedly no longer speak - but he can still laugh.

Terry Gilliam, 78, has ruled out a reunion with fellow Monthy Python's Flying Circus members Michael Palin, 76, Eric Idle, 76, and John Cleese, 79, as Jones would not be able to take part. Jones, 77, was diagnosed with dementia in 2015.

Gilliam told the Daily Star: "There's no chance of us doing a reunion. There's only four of us left that really function now. And that is not Python, so there's no point."

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File photo dated 28/05/14 of Monty Python star Terry Jones who still enjoys long walks and a good joke despite living with dementia, his friend Michael Palin has said.
(left to right) Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones from Monty Python at a photocall before their series of live dates which start at the O2 Arena.
Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and John Cleese are seen on the first day of rehearsals in London, for their new show Monty Python Live (mostly) which is on at the O2 Arena in London on July 1-5, 15, 16, 18-20.
John Cleese and Terry Jones are seen on the first day of rehearsals in London, for their new show Monty Python Live (mostly) which is on at the O2 Arena in London on July 1-5, 15, 16, 18-20.
Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Carol Cleveland, Terry GIlliam and John Cleese attend a photocall to announce the new Monty Python reunion Stage Show , at the Corithia Hotel, London.
Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry GIlliam and John Cleese attend a photocall to announce the new Monty Python reunion Stage Show , at the Corithia Hotel, London.
Terry Jones (left) and Michael Palin attend the unveiling of a British comedy society plaque outside The Angle Inn in Highgate, London, dedicated to former Monty Python star Graham Chapman.
Terry Jones arrives for the unveiling of a British comedy society plaque outside The Angel Inn in Highgate, London, dedicated to former Monty Python star Graham Chapman.
Terry Jones arrives for the unveiling of a British comedy society plaque outside The Angel Inn in Highgate, London, dedicated to former Monty Python star Graham Chapman.
(Left to right) Director Terry Gilliam, Mayor of London Ken Livingstone and Terry Jones join the 'Coconut Orchestra' (involving cast members of the West End hit, 'Spamalot') attempting to set a new world record (established by the 1,785 people who took part in a similar event last year in New York) in time to the Monty Python classic 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life', in Trafalgar Square, central London.
Former Monty Python star Terry Jones arrives for the DVD screening of "A Concert For George" at Odeon West End in central London. * The DVD features a tribute concert held for former Beatle George Harrison which was held last November at the Royal Albert Hall, and features performances by Eric Clapton and Jools Holland.
Director Terry Gilliam (centre) with fellow Monty Python members Michael Palin (left) and Terry Jones, at the Times BFI London Film Festival screening of 'The Brothers Grimm', at the Odeon West End Cinema, Leicester Square, central London, Monday 31 October 2005 . PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo Credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA.
Former Monty Python star, writer and film director Terry Jones at his south London home.
Monty Python's Terry Jones with his wife arriving for the Gala charity screening of The Man Who Cried, at the Odeon West End, London.
Former Monty Python star, writer and film director Terry Jones at his south London home.
Former Monty Python actors Michael Palin (L) and Terry Jones at the official launch of Messiah Pictures, a new British film company of which Jones is a director, at the Cafe de Paris in London.
4TH OCTOBER: ON THIS DAY IN 1969, THE BBC AIRED MONTY PYTHONS FLYING CIRCUS FOR THE FIRST TIME Monty Python stars (L-R) John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Carol Cleveland and Terry Gilliam at a photocall in London's Leicester Square, where they reunited to celebrate their 30th anniversary by attending a charity screening of their film Life Of Brian. * ...to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Relief as a tribute to their late partner Graham Chapman who died a decade ago. Eric Idle was notable by his absence following an apparent fall-out.
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His close friend Palin revealed last month that on a recent visit he read aloud to Jones from the book Dr Fegg's Encyclopeadia Of All World Knowledge, which they co-wrote together.

Palin noted: "He can say very little these days, but he can and did laugh as I read some of the pages. And what really impressed me was that he laughed only at the things he'd written!"

Jones has been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, a form of frontotemporal dementia which effects speech and communication. Concerns for his health were first raised during the Monty Python reunion show Monty Python Live (Mostly) in July 2014 when he struggled to learn his lines.

Announcing his diagnosis in 2015, a representative said: "Terry has been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, a variant of frontotemporal dementia.

"This illness affects his ability to communicate and he is no longer able to give interviews.

"Terry is proud and honoured to be recognised in this way and is looking forward to the celebrations."

Fellow Python John Cleese hit the headlines last week when he accused London of not being "an English city any more."

He later defended his comments as "culturalist" rather than "racist."

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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