Rik Mayall Young Ones star dies aged 56
The British actor and comedian has died at the age of 56.
Comedian suffered an “acute cardiac event” after returning from a morning run, his widow said on Thursday.
Barbara Mayall said her family had received “thousands and thousands of messages of condolence” from around the world, adding: “We always knew that Rik was well loved but we are all overwhelmed by so many joining us in our grief.
The Essex-born actor, who starred in alternative comedy shows such as The Young Ones and Blackadder, died on Monday morning, a spokesman for Brunskill Management said. The cause of death is currently unknown.
Mayall was best known for his comedy partnership with Adrian Edmonson, whom he first met at university. The pair went on to become one of the biggest comedy duos of the 1980s, co-writing The Young Ones. Mayall later starred in Jonathan Creek.
In 1998, Mayall was nearly crushed to death by the quad bike he was riding when he fell off. He suffered a fractured skull and severe haemorrhaging and spent five days in a coma.
The comic actor later made light of the trauma at his Devon farm.
Mayall is survived by his wife, the Scottish make-up artist Barbara Robbin whom he married in 1985, and his three children Rosie, 28, Sidney, 26, and Bonnie, 19.