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Rik Mayall, star of The Young Ones, dies aged 56

Posted on June 9th, 2014 at 23:30 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


British comedian and actor Rik Mayall has died aged 56.

He played obnoxious, poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones with his friend Adrian Edmondson. The pair later starred in the sitcom Bottom.

A pioneer of the 1980s alternative comedy scene, Mayall also appeared in Blackadder and The New Statesman.

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He was a quiet, polite, caring gentleman. The antithesis of the characters he played”

Laurence Marks Creator, The New Statesman

His manager Roger Davidson said: “It is a terrible shock. All we know… is that Rik died at home. He touched many lives, and always for the better.”

Edmondson added: “There were times when Rik and I were writing together when we almost died laughing.

They were some of the most carefree stupid days I ever had, and I feel privileged to have shared them with him.

“And now he’s died for real. Without me. Selfish bastard.”

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