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Rik Mayall the ‘funniest man of his generation’

Adrian Edmondson said his times with Rik Mayall were some of “the most carefree stupid days” he’s ever had.

The comedian and actor died today at the age of 56 at his home in London, UK.

Rik and his comedic partner and longtime friend Adrian played together in The Young Ones. The duo first met at Manchester University and later went on to star in the sitcom Bottom.

“There were times when Rik and I were writing together when we almost died laughing,” Adrian said, according to the BBC.

“They were some of the most carefree stupid days I ever hand, and I feel privileged to have shared them with him.

“And now he’s died for real. Without me. Selfish b*****d.”

Rik found fame when he began performing with Adrian as 20th Century Coyote in The Comic Strip Club in the 1980s. The act led to the television show The Comic Strip Presents.

The actor was married with three children. After a quad bike accident in 1998 placed him in a coma for several days, the actor was left seriously ill.

At the moment there is no information about how he died.

“Oh no. Awful news about Rik Mayall - a fireball of creative comic energy and inspiration. Such brilliant raw talent,” comedian Rory Bremner tweeted.

Actor David Schneider wrote, “RIP Rik Mayall. Hard to believe we've been robbed of such flair and comic force.”

Comedian and actor Bob Mortimer called Rik the “funniest man of his generation”.

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service to Rik’s home in Barnes, south west London. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death has not been disclosed, but the death is not believed to be suspicious.

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