Neil Innes Dies: ‘Monty Python’ Collaborator & The Rutles Musician Was 75

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Neil Innes Dies: ‘Monty Python’ Collaborator & The Rutles Musician Was 75
Neil Innes, the British comedian and musician, has died. He was 75. Innes is best known for collaborating with comedy troupe Monty Python, for whom he wrote a number of original songs, as well as playing in the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and the Rutles.

Innes’ agent Nigel Morton confirmed the news to Sky News and said that his death was unexpected and that he had not been ill.

Innes wrote a number of songs for Monty Python and the Holy Grail including “Knights of the Round Table” and “Brave Sir Robin,” singing the latter opposite Eric Idle. He also appeared in the film as a head-bashing monk, a peasant and the serf crushed by a giant wooden rabbit. He also briefly appeared in Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

Born on December 9, 1944 in Danbury, Essex, England, Innes wrote for and appeared on Monty Python’s Flying Circus and performed in the
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