Tributes paid to 'comedy genius' Rik Mayall

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Tributes paid to 'comedy genius' Rik Mayall
10th June 2014

Tributes have been paid to comedy actor Rik Mayall who died suddenly at the age of 56. 

After rising to fame playing poetry writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones, Mayall enjoyed a successful career which saw him appear in popular shows including Blackadder and Bottom. 

He passed away at his south London home yesterday but a cause of death is not yet known. 

Comedians, actors and fans have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the legend causing his name to trend as well as one of his hit films Drop Dead Fred.

Blackadder co-star Stephen Fry said: “Crossing the Atlantic with wifi. Simply distraught to hear of the death of Rik Mayall. An authentic comedy genius and a prince among men.”

Britain’s Got Talent judge and comedian David Walliams said: "I am heartbroken that my comedy idol growing up Rik Mayall has died. He made me want to be a comedian... "

Comedian Noel Fielding said: "Growing up there was no one funnier ! We will really miss you Rik Mayall you genius x "

Mayall, who leaves his wife and three children, Rosie, Sidney and Bonnie, survived an almost fatal quad bike accident in 1998 which left him in a coma for several days.

Speaking about the accident, Mayall said doctors had kept him alive on a life-support machine for five days and were about to turn it off 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.

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