John Cleese leads tributes to Neil Innes

BANG! NEWS – John Cleese has led tributes to his Monty Python co-star Neil Innes (pic below) after the actor and musician passed away suddenly at the age of 75.

John wrote on Twitter, “Utterly dismayed to hear about Neil Innes. Right out of the blue. A very sweet man, much too nice for his own good.

“Lovely writer and performer. When he worked with Python on our stage show, I listened every night to “How sweet to be an Idiot” on the tannoy. Very sad (sic)”

Whilst Michael Palin, who also starred in the Monty Python films and series, added in a statement, “Neil was one of the best. A terrifically accomplished musician, writer and performer who could make people laugh, cry and dance, all at the same time. He had an eye and ear for the surreal and a gentleness at the heart of all his work which made him the most delightful of companions. “Neil accompanied the Pythons on our live tours, and try as hard as we could, it was Neil’s sublime performance How Sweet To Be An Idiot that always brought the house down.

“Neil was the best friend you could wish for and one of the most naturally gifted entertainers I’ve ever met.”

Actor and writer Mark Gattis also shared a sweet message, writing, “Neil Innes has gone. As a Python-obsessed teen I saw him at Darlington Arts Centre. I used to record The Innes Book of Records on C-60s and marvel at his talent. I still hum I like Cezanne, says Anne. Sweet dreams, sweet idiot.”

Neil’s family confirmed his passing, admitting it had been unexpected as he was not ill.