Comedy idol Rik Mayall dies suddenly at his home in Barnes

Funny man: Rik Mayall brought raucous laughter to many a living room

Funny man: Rik Mayall brought raucous laughter to many a living room

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Comedian Rik Mayall died suddenly today in his home in Barnes, aged 56.

Police said they were called to reports of a death at 1.19pm today.

He was pronounced dead at the scene but the death is not being treated as suspicious.

His hit comedies included the Young Ones, Bottom, Blackadder and the New Statesman.

The actor, who was married with three children, was left seriously ill after a quad bike accident in 1998 which that saw him in a coma for several days.

Tributes to the comedian poured in on Twitter.

David Walliams wrote: “I am heartbroken that my comedy idol growing up Rik Mayall has died. He made me want to be a comedian.”

Edgar Wright wrote: “Shocked & saddened that a comedy hero is gone; for those who grew up on 'The Young Ones', Rik Mayall was one of funniest performers ever.”

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6:33pm Mon 9 Jun 14

TheHampton5 says...

How very sad for his family.
Loved watching 'The Young Ones' growing up in the '80s.....
There'll never be another like him. Unique, talented, actor.
How very sad for his family. Loved watching 'The Young Ones' growing up in the '80s..... There'll never be another like him. Unique, talented, actor. TheHampton5
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7:02pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Concerned_Resident says...

RIP Rik. Always loved watching you in The Young Ones and Bottom.
RIP Rik. Always loved watching you in The Young Ones and Bottom. Concerned_Resident
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