Rik Mayall Dies Age 56

by Editor | June 10, 2014 2:14 am

THE GUARDIAN – Actors and comedians have paid tribute to the “bonkers and brilliant”┬áRik Mayall, who has died at the age of 56.

The Essex-born actor and comedian, known for his roles in alternative comedy shows such as The Young Ones, Bottom and The New Statesman, died in his London home on Monday, his agent confirmed.

The cause of death has not yet been disclosed though Scotland Yard said it was not believed to be suspicious.

The much-loved actor was best known for his comedy partnership with Adrian Edmondson, who he first met at Manchester University. The pair went on to become one of the biggest comedy duos of the 1980s, first through their popular comedy double act The Dangerous Brothers and later as part of the comedy group Comic Strip alongside Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.

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