Rik Mayall’s funeral will take place today at 2.00pm in a private ceremony.
The actor and comedian’s family are asking fans for their “thoughts and prayers.”
The private ceremony for Mayall, who died last week aged 56, will be followed by a memorial service expected to be held in September.
"Knowing the swell of love you all share with us, we would like to let you, the fans, know that we will be having a private family funeral for Rik, as I am sure you will understand, “ declared his widow, Barbara.
"We will be burying him at 2.00pm (on Thursday 19 June) if you would like to join us in thoughts and prayer at this time.Thank you again for all your love and support to all our family. It brings great strength."
Mayall collapsed at his home in southwest London after what his widow described as an acute cardiac event.