Terry Gilliam: Monty Python Gags Galore After False Death Report

Alan Ewart

Monty Python star Terry Gilliam has been reported as having died by Variety magazine. The celebrity lifestyle magazine reported Gilliam's death and released a pre-written obituary for the only American member of the Monty Python team. The somber tribute began, "[D]irector Terry Gilliam, the only American member of the Monty Python comedy troupe and an Oscar nominee for the screenplay to his film Brazil has died."

Tributes poured in for Gilliam, but much to the embarrassment of the magazine, reports of Gilliam's death had been greatly exaggerated. Award winning actor and director Terry is very much alive.

Stuff reports that the magazine may have acted after spotting a hoax post announcing Gilliam's demise on Facebook. Variety quickly removed the report of Gilliam's death and deleted a Twitter announcement of the same. Sadly for the magazine, when it comes, to the internet "quickly" is never quick enough. Fans of Gilliam and Monty Python's Flying Circus were quick to leap on the error and have some fun at Variety's expense. As a result Terry Gilliam was soon trending worldwide.

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