Tributes paid to 'comedy idol' Rik MayallMonday 09 June 2014 23.34
Tributes have been paid to actor and comedian Rik Mayall, who has died at the age of 56.
His long-time collaborator and friend Adrian Edmondson said:
"There were times when Rik and I were writing together when we almost died laughing.
"They were some of the most carefree stupid days I ever had, and I feel privileged to have shared them with him.
"And now he's died for real. Without me. Selfish b*****d."
Among those paying tribute was David Walliams, who said: "I am heartbroken that my comedy idol growing up, Rik Mayall, has died. He made me want to be a comedian."
Impressionist Rory Bremner said: "Oh no. Awful news about Rik Mayall - a fireball of creative comic energy and inspiration. Such brilliant raw talent."
Blackadder producer John Lloyd said Mayall was "just extraordinary". Speaking to BBC News, he said: "It's really a dreadful piece of news.
"I remember going to the very first night of the Comedy Store and thinking 'Where does this come from?'. "It was the most extraordinary thing, him and Ade Edmondson doing the Dangerous Brothers, they were called, and you just felt you were in the presence of something, a whole revolutionary thing."
BBC director of television Danny Cohen said: "Rik Mayall was a truly brilliant comedian.
"His comic timing was outstanding and his screen presence unique. For a generation of viewers he was a true comedy hero."
Mayall's spokeswoman confirmed that the actor, who was married with three children, died at home in London.
Rik Mayall dead. Proof yet again that fairness ain't got nothing to do with it.— God (@TheTweetOfGod) June 9, 2014
Laughed through my teens and beyond to Rik Mayall. Sad loss at 56. #RikMayall— Ray Kennedy (@RayKennedyHack) June 9, 2014
Maybe the person that I would say made me laugh more than anyone else. Rik Mayall, RIP you total legend! http://t.co/BMX9N6bE2G— Dawn O'Porter (@hotpatooties) June 9, 2014
When I was 15 me and my bro saw Rik Mayall Live. Afterwards Rik signed my hand. I didn't wash it off for ages. I was a huge fan. RIP.— Tim Vine (@RealTimVine) June 9, 2014
The saddest news about Rik Mayall. Had the happiest summer working with him on 'King Arthur's Disasters'. A real gent and an inspiration.— Tony Smattery (@RealMattLucas) June 9, 2014
RIP Rik Mayall ... A leader of laughs for years ... "The Young Ones"— Hector (@hectorirl) June 9, 2014
Rik Mayall RIP - so funny,so sad !!— Martin McGuinness (@M_McGuinness_SF) June 9, 2014
So sad to hear about Rik Mayall.He was so great to be around on Jonathan Creek. Funny, funny man and a comic hero in my teens.Terrible news.— Alan Davies (@alandavies1) June 9, 2014
Very sad to hear of the passing of Rik Mayall. Far too young. A very funny and talented man.— Eric Idle (@EricIdle) June 9, 2014
So shocked to hear about Rik Mayall. A wonderfully funny icon of British comedy.— Jack Dee (@TheRealJackDee) June 9, 2014