Monty Python collaborator Neil Innes dies at 75

Comedian And Actor Neil Innes Neil James Innes (born 9 December 1944) Is An English Writer And Performer Of Comic Songs Best Known For His Collaborative Work With Monty Python And For Playing In The Bonzo Dog Doo-dah Band And Later The Rutles.Comedian And Actor Neil Innes Neil James Innes (born 9 December 1944) Is An English Writer And Performer Of Comic Songs Best Known For His Collaborative Work With Monty Python And For Playing In The Bonzo Dog Doo-dah Band And Later The Rutles.

Neil Innes, the comedy musician who worked with Monty Python and helped form the Beatles parody band the Rutles, died at age 75. Michael Sullivan/ANL/Shutterstock

Neil Innes — the British comedy songwriter who worked with Monty Python and played in the Beatles parody group the Rutles — died Monday, the BBC reports. He was 75.

Innes’ family confirmed his death in a statement, saying, “We have lost a beautiful, kind, gentle soul whose music and songs touched the heart of everyone and whose intellect and search for truth inspired us all. He died of natural causes quickly without warning and, I think, without pain. His wife Yvonne and their three sons, Miles, Luke and Barney, and three grandchildren, Max, Issy and Zac, give thanks for his life, for his music and for the joy he gave us all.”

Innes was known as the “seventh Python” for the work he did with the comedy troupe throughout the Seventies. He contributed to several of their albums and was one of just two nonmembers — along with Douglas Adams — to write for their acclaimed sketch show, Monty Python’s Flying Circus. He also appeared in and wrote music for several Python movies, including “Knights of the Round Table” and “Brave Sir Robin” for 1975’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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