Neil Innes, the Monty Python actor and Rutles musician, has died on the age of 75.

The information was confirmed by his agent, who stated it was surprising and that Innes had not been sick.

“We’ve misplaced a fantastic, type, mild soul whose music and songs touched the center of everybody and whose mind and seek for fact impressed us all,” his household stated in a press release.


Born in Danbury, Essex, on December 9, 1944, Innes was married to spouse Yvonne, who he met whereas finding out at Goldsmiths Faculty in London within the 1960s. The couple had three sons – Miles, Luke and Barney – and three grandchildren.

The household assertion added: “His spouse 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 enjoyment he gave us all.”

Monty Python
Monty Python pose with a big scarf round their necks throughout a go to to Paris. (L-R): Terry Gilliam, Neil Innes, Eric Idle, and Terry Jones. CREDIT: Pierre Vauthey/Sygma

Finest recognized for his work with Monty Python, Innes appeared in each Lifetime of Brian and Monty Python and The Holy Grail – the latter of which he wrote songs for.

He additionally carried out and penned sketches for the group’s last TV sequence after the momentary departure of John Cleese, and toured with them within the UK and Canada.

He was one in every of solely two non-Pythons to be credited as a author on the sequence, alongside Hitchhiker’s Information to the Galaxy writer Douglas Adams.


Innes additionally appeared in Terry Gilliam’s Jabberwocky earlier than becoming a member of Eric Idle on the sketch present Rutland Weekend Tv, which spawned Beatles spoof band The Rutles the place Innes performed the character of Ron Nasty, who was based mostly on John Lennon.

Earlier than forming the parody band, Innes was a member of The Bonzo Canine Doo-Dah Band, who’re scheduled to play a farewell gig at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire in Could subsequent yr.

Innes can also be credited as a co-writer on Oasis‘ ‘No matter’, after the opening line and primary referain of the track borrowed the melody of Innes’ ‘How Candy To Be An Fool’, which he wrote in 1973 and carried out at a few of Monty Python’s reside exhibits. It was additionally used because the theme track for Charlamagne Tha God and Andrew Schulz’s podcast The Good Idiots.

Tributes has begun to pour in for Innes for the reason that information of his loss of life.

Monty Python actor Michael Palin shared a heartfelt message. “Simply heard the stunning information that Neil Innes has died,” he started. “Neil was the most effective. A terrifically completed musician, author and performer who might make individuals chortle, cry and dance, all on the similar time. He had a watch and ear for the surreal and a gentleness on the coronary heart of all his work which made him essentially the most pleasant of companions.

“Neil accompanied the Pythons on our reside excursions, and take a look at as laborious as we might, it was Neil’s chic efficiency “How Candy To Be An Fool’ that at all times introduced the home down.

“Neil was the perfect pal you might want for and one of the crucial naturally gifted entertainers I’ve ever met.”

Simply heard the stunning information that Neil Innes has died. Neil was the most effective. A terrifically completed musician,…

Posted by Michael Palin on Monday, December 30, 2019

The Bonzo Canine Doo-Dah Band shared a photograph Innes and the band reunited a couple of weeks in the past for a “victory dinner.”

“The Bonzos had been reunited one final time just a few weeks in the past for a victory dinner,” the tweet learn. “Our ideas and prayers are with Yvonne and the household at this unhappy time. RIP to the City Spaceman himself, the good Neil Innes xxxx”

Author/director Edgar Wright wrote: “If it’s true that the good Neil Innes had sadly handed away, please let me increase a glass to the person. Ceaselessly a fan of The Bonzo Canine Doo Dah Band. Permit me to share a favorite clip of them in motion (with a bonkers Innes guitar solo too). RIP Neil.”

Comic Sanjeev Bhaskar stated: “Tragic information of @NeilInnes passing. Supremely gifted songwriter and comic. All the time acerbically humorous and great firm. Right here, sharing the stage at a @python celebration. Was glad to have met him many instances. Deepest condolences to his family and friends. #RIPNeilInnes”

“V unhappy to listen to Neil Innes, the sensible comic, musician, and Rutle, has died. Buzzing this as we speak, having had it caught in my head for about 40 years,” stated Charlie Brooker, who posted his message with a hyperlink to The Rutles track ‘Cheese and Onions’.

Ian McMillan added: “#RIPNeilInnes A person who constructed songs from a scaffolding of nonsense round sturdy partitions of melody and coronary heart.”

See extra tributes under: