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Rik suffered 'heart event' after run

By Robert Dex

Rik Mayall suffered an "acute cardiac event" after returning from a morning run, his widow has said.

Barbara Mayall said her family had received "thousands and thousands of messages of condolence" from around the world. She said: "We always knew that Rik was well-loved but we are all overwhelmed by so many joining us in our grief."

Mayall, who shot to fame in The Young Ones and played classic roles in The New Statesman and Blackadder, was found dead at his London home on Monday.

Fans of the star have launched a campaign to send his failed football song, Noble England, into the charts in his memory. The track, recorded for the 2010 World Cup, jumped 27 places overnight and is now just outside the Top 10.

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