Belfast Telegraph

Rik Mayall dies

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

The comedian's manager confirmed the news, but no details of the death have yet been revealed.

The British comic rose to prominence during the 1980s as a stand up comedian and in TV shows such as The Young Ones and Blackadder.

He went on to star in Hollywood movie Drop Dead Fred in 1991 and was the voice of Lord Reginald in the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants.

Rik was a family man and is survived by children Rosie, Sidney and Bonnie and wife Barbara Robbin.

"I am very lucky because my wife does everything. All I have to do is remember to let the cat in. George has a lot more responsibilities," he previously said, when quizzed on his character in TV series All About George.

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