“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.’”
Palin – who met Jones when they were students at Oxford in the 1960s and went on to form Monty Python with John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam – said he had previously managed to Jones laugh.
He says: “A lot of anxieties disappear, you get to a certain age and you think, ‘Well, I am that age. If I die next year, that will probably be average’. If you think you’ve done most of what you want to do, it’s all rather a relief.”