Terry Jones Receives BAFTA in First Public Appearance Since Dementia Diagnosis

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Jones' son was in tears as he read a speech on behalf of the legendary Monty Python member.

Just over a week since he revealed that he was suffering from a form of dementia, Terry Jones, a founding member of legendary British comedy troupe Monty Python, made his first public appearance Sunday at a Welsh BAFTA event.

Jones' son Bill Jones was on hand to help his 74-year-old father to the stage to collect an award acknowledging his 50 years of contribution to film and TV, breaking down in tears as he read a speech on his dad's behalf.

"We would like to thank everyone. I know it's a great honor for dad to win this award," he said after the pair were given a standing ovation. "The struggles we've been going through ... we are so proud of him."

Fellow Python Michael Palin had earlier introduced his comedy collaborator as a someone who has been "relentlessly prolific while being a wonderful friend."

"The first sketch we performed was as a pair of police officers at the Edinburgh festival, and for the next few years we were inseparable," he said, adding that "life seemed more exciting when Terry was around."

On Sep. 23, it was revealed that Jones had been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, which erodes the ability to use language.