The '7th Python' Dead at 75

Monty Python collaborator Neil Innes was also known for his Beatles parody group, the Rutles
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 30, 2019 11:15 AM CST
The '7th Python' Dead at 75
In this 2011 file photo, Monty Python collaborator and Rutles singer Neil Innes attends the screening of George Harrison: Living In The Material World at the BFI in London.   (Ian West/PA via AP, File)

Comedic writer and actor Neil Innes, who created a Beatles parody group called the Rutles and frequently worked with the members of Monty Python, has died at age 75, his agent confirmed Monday. Innes died of natural causes Sunday night, agent Nigel Morton said, per the AP. A statement released on behalf of his family said: "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.”

Innes was such a frequent collaborator of the Monty Python troupe that he sometimes was called the “seventh Python.” A musician as well as a writer, he wrote songs for the popular film Monty Python And The Holy Grail, appeared in Life of Brian, and toured the UK and Canada with the group. He was also a member of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, later renamed the Bonzo Dog Band. One of the band's hit songs, “I'm The Urban Spaceman,” won Innes an Ivor Novello award. Colleagues posted tributes to Innes on Twitter, including the prominent British actor Mark Gatiss, who fondly wrote “Sweet dreams, sweet idiot."

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