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Tributes as comedian Rik Mayall dies, aged 56.

Byline: Examiner News Correspondent editorial@examiner.co.uk

TRIBUTES have poured in for comedian and actor Rik Mayall who has died.

It is believed the star's wife found him at home in London yesterday morning.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said ocers were called by London Ambulance Service to a house in Barnes, south-west London at around 1.20pm where "a man, aged in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene".

e death is not believed to be suspicious, he added.

A London Ambulance Service spokesman conrmed they had been called to the house at 12.07.

e star, who shot to fame playing Rick in e Young Ones, was 56 and his career included appearances in shows including Blackadder, Bottom and e New Statesman.

He was left seriously ill after a quad bike accident in 1998 which left him in a coma for several days, but was working until recently.

Speaking about the accident last year, Mayall said doctors had kept him alive on a life-support machine for ve days and were about to turn it o when he began to show signs of life.

He used to mark the occasion by exchanging presents with his wife and children and said the near-death experience changed his life.

He said: "e main dierence between now and before my accident is I'm just very glad to be alive.

"Other people get moody in their forties and fties - men get the male menopause. I missed the whole thing. I was just really happy."

Mayall started on stage in a duo, e Dangerous Brothers, with longtime collaborator Adrian Edmondson after they met at Manchester University e pair, who appeared together in e Young Ones, reprised their original act in the anarchic comedy Bottom.

Among those paying tribute to Mayall was David Walliams, who said: "I am heartbroken that my comedy idol growing up, Rik Mayall, has died. He made me want to be a comedian."

" Impressionist Rory Bremner said: "Oh no. Awful news about Rik Mayall - areball of creative comic energy and inspiration. Such brilliant raw talent."

Blackadder producer John Lloyd said Mayall was "just extraordinary".

He said: "It's really a dreadful piece of news.

"I remember going to the very rst night of the Comedy Store and thinking 'Where does this come from?'.

"It was the most extraordinary thing, him and Ade Edmondson doing the Dangerous Brothers, they were called, and you just felt you were in the presence of something, a whole revolutionary thing."

" Actress Helen Lederer, who appeared ine Young Ones, tweeted: "Rik Mayall, I loved you. Gutted. e man who taught me not to crash laughs, has crashed. Real love to wife, children. Massive loss."

Comedy star Noel Fielding wrote: "Growing up there was no-one funnier! We will really miss you Rik Mayall you genius."

Trainspotting writer Irvine Welsh wrote: "Rik Mayall spread a lot of fun and laughter. Very sad to see him taken before his time."

Actor David Harewood said: "RIP Rick Mayall. Great comedian and actor. Funny, brilliant and sharp as nails."

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Rik Mayall with friend |Ade Edmonson, left and, above, as Rick with The Young Ones team

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Date:Jun 10, 2014
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