Michael Palin has announced his wife Helen has died.
The 79-year-old shared the news on Tuesday, revealing Helen had suffered chronic pain and kidney failure and died in the early hours of the morning.
Michael wrote: ‘My dearest wife Helen died peacefully in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
‘She had been suffering with chronic pain for several years, which was compounded a few years ago by a diagnosis of kidney failure.’
He added: ‘We first met on a summer holiday on the Suffolk coast when we were both sixteen and we married in our early twenties. Two and a half weeks ago we celebrated our 57th wedding anniversary.
‘Her death is an indescribable loss for myself, our three children and four grandchildren.
‘Helen was the bedrock of my life. Her quietly wise judgment informed all my decisions and her humour and practical good sense was was at the heart of our life together.
‘The family ask that their privacy be respected at this time.’
In September, Michael spoke candidly about his wife’s illness, saying that she was in pain and not responding to medication.
He also confirmed she had moved into respite care.
‘I don’t think you can cure it, but they will help her manage it,’ he told the Telegraph.
‘It’s such a bore. She was so active and still is mentally. But the body is declining. We live life with our fingers crossed.’
After tying the knot in 1966, the Monty Python star and Helen went on to have three children, Tom, Will and Rachel, who are now parents themselves.
Michael and Helen were just teens when their families stayed in neighbouring cottages one summer.
Although they lost contact for a short while, they reunited again at Oxford University and never looked back.
Speaking about his and Helen’s relationship to the Mirror in 2019, Michael said: ‘We’re like a couple of old pals. We have been together for so long and known so much about each other, and yet still don’t know everything.’
Metro.co.uk has reached out to Michael’s reps for comment.
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