Rik Mayall 'Died After Suffering Seizure'
Friend and colleague Peter Richardson reveals his son was talking to comedian shortly beforehand...
Rik Mayall died after suffering a seizure, a friend and colleague has revealed.
Peter Richardson - who directed Mayall in several Comic Strip productions - has told Radio 4's Today programme that his son had been with Mayall just 30 minutes before his death.
"He was happily chatting away and it was very quick and we still don't quite know what happened but it was a seizure of some sort," he explained.
Mayall had been left with epilepsy after a quad bike accident which left him in a coma for days back in 1998.
Richardson added: "He had 16 years after the quad bike and I think that at the time people didn't think he would survive.
"But he lived for another 16 years and it was just shocking that he was so happy and seemed so healthy when he did go."
And Mayall's wife Barbara Robbin has said she doubts he had a heart attack.
The Independent quoted her as saying: "We don't know yet what happened. He had a strong heart, so I don't think it was a heart attack. But we just don't know until the coroner's report.
"Maybe he had a fit, maybe it was his heart. We just don't know."
Mayall died at the age of 56 on Monday.