British Iconic Comedian Rik Mayall Has Died

British Iconic Comedian Rik Mayall Has Died

09 Jun 2014

The actor passed away at the age of 56

British funnyman Rik Mayall has died at the age of 56.

The news was announced on Monday, but no further details have been made available since.

The comedian was best known for his comedy partnership with Ade Edmondson and appearances in anarchic sitcoms The Young Ones and Bottom, as well as scene-stealing Lord Flashheart in Blackadder.

He also appeared on the big screen in Drop Dead Fred and Guest House Paradiso. Rik's death comes 16 years after he was involved in a near-fatal quad biking accident which left him in a coma and suffering from epilepsy.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Robbin and their three children Rosie, Sidney and Bonnie.

Just last year the actor admitted he was "desperate" to work on proposed Bottom spin-off Hooligan's Island, which was to be based on the 1997 tour of the same name, but Adrian wasn't keen to do it just yet.

He said: "I thought it would be fun and Ade thought it would be fun but then he had a change of heart. It's a shame.

"Of course, I f***ing tried to persuade him to change his mind. But if he doesn't want to, he doesn't want to.

"I'm desperate to do it. I thought it would be lovely to have them in a different situation and being much older.

"Ade said we weren't old enough to be mad old b******s, but if we leave it another ten years, how the f**k are we going to do anything?"