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British comedian Mayall dies at 56

AFP-JIJI

British comedian and actor Rik Mayall, who found fame in the cult TV series “The Young Ones,” died Monday at 56, his management company said.

The star, whose portrayal of the puerile anarchist Rick in BBC’s “The Young Ones” endeared him to a generation of viewers in the 1980s, became one of Britain’s best-known comic actors.

He also appeared in “Blackadder” alongside Rowan Atkinson, as a cynical conservative politician in “The New Statesman,” and rejoined his “Young Ones” co-star Adrian Edmondson in “Bottom.”

Edmondson offered an affectionately profane tribute to his longtime collaborator.

“There were times when Rik and I were writing together when we almost died laughing,” he said. “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.”

Police said officers were called to a house in the southwest London district of Barnes and “a man, aged in his 50s” was pronounced dead at the scene. The death is not believed to be suspicious, the spokesman added.

  • Elizabeth Heath

    RIP Rik. You were a one off and very funny too.