Monty Python star Neil Innes has died at the age of 75, it has been confirmed.
A cause of death is yet to be revealed but the sad news was announced by his agent, Nigel Morton, on Monday.
According to Sky News, Morton said his death was unexpected and he had not been ill.
The comedian and musician wrote a number of original songs for Monty Python and also starred in the Life of Brian.
After the TV series ended, the Essex-born star went on to play with The Rutles.
The band’s music came under fire for parodying The Beatles and Neil was even taken to court by the owners of the legendary British group’s catalogue at the time.
Neil testified under oath that he did not listen to The Beatles’ music while recording The Rutles songs.
In the 60s, Neil co-founded the group Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, whose hits included I’m The Urban Spaceman, which earned him an Ivor Novello Award for best novelty song in 1968.
He went on to collaborate with Monty Python in the 70s.
The musician contributed music to several of their albums including Monty Python’s Previous Record and The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief.
He went on to perform sketches for the Monty Python’s final TV series following John Cleese’s brief departure, and then toured with them around the UK and overseas.
Neil remains one of the only two non-Pythons to be credited as a writer on the series.
More: Monty Python
Monty Python star Neil Innes dies aged 75
David Walliams thinks Simon Cowell could play Prince Charming – with some conditions
David Walliams refuses Strictly stint but throws Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth under bus
Douglas Adams, author of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, is the other.
Neil married to Yvonne Catherine Hilton in the mid-1960s. Together, they shared three sons Miles, Luke and Barney.
Got a showbiz story?
If you've got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we'd love to hear from you.