Rik Mayall, British Comedian and Actor, dies aged 56
News has just broken that the famed British comedian and actor Rik Mayall has died at the age of 56. Best known for his comedy work in TV shows The Young Ones and Bottom, with which he starred alongside his comedy partner Adrian Edmondson, his management team announced that he had passed away this morning.
Mayall was also known for his work in other classic British comedy programmes including The New Statesman, The Comic Strip Presents and Blackadder where he worked alongside Rowan Atkinson. He also starred in big screen films including Drop Dead Fred and Guest House Paradiso. His most recent role was in the television show Man Down.
Mayall saw a turbulent past with a quad bike accident in 1998 which left him seriously injured and in a coma for several days.
The comedian was known as a household name and with Ade Edmondston, he was part of one of the biggest comedy duos of the 1980s.
John Lloyd, writer and producer of Blackadder has said of his death: “It’s really a dreadful piece of news. He was the most extraordinarily good actor as well as being an amazing stand-up comic. Apart from being great company, he was a great professional.”
Fans have already begun sharing their grief and favourite memories of the icon over popular networking and social media site Twitter. Comedian David Walliams has stated: “I am heartbroken that my comedy idol growing up Rik Mayall has died. He made me want to be a comedian.”
It is not yet known how he died, but Rik Mayall’s management has released the following statement: “We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Rik Mayall who passed away this morning. We will be issuing a further statement in the fullness of time.”
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