British Comedian And Actor Rik Mayall Dies Aged 56
The Young Ones star has sadly passed away...
British comedian and actor Rik Mayall has died at the age of 56, his management team has confirmed.
He was best known for portraying the poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones alongside friend Adrien Edmondson, as well as roles in Bottom and The New Statesman.
A statement from Mayall's management, Brunskill, said: "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."
Rik Mayall began his career on stage in the late 1970s with comedy partner Edmonson, who he met at university.
The comedy pair went on to star in Bottom and Mayall was also known for appearances in shows including Blackadder and Jonathan Creek.
Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams was among those to remember Mayall on Twitter, saying: "I am heartbroken that my comedy idol growing up Rik Mayall has died. He made me want to be a comedian."
Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright said: "Shocked and saddened that a comedy hero is gone; for those who grew up on The Young Ones, Rik Mayall was one of funniest performers ever".