Tributes pour in for comedian Rik Mayall

Tributes have poured in for comedian Rik Mayall after news of his sudden death broke on Monday. He was 56-years-old.

Mayall’s writing partner, close friend and co-star in The Young Ones and Bottom, Ade Edmondson, led the tributes saying he was “privilaged” to have known him.

“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 bastard.”

Stephen Fry, who starred in Blackadder, wrote: “Simply distraught to hear of the death of Rik Mayall. An authentic comedy genius and a prince among men.”

Ben Elton, who was university friends with Mayall, said: “I owe him so much, he changed my life utterly when he asked me to co-write The Young Ones with him and he was with me on the day I met my wife. He always made me cry with laughter, now he’s just made me cry.

Mayall’s Young Ones co-star, Nigel Planer, told the BBC he was “very, very sad and upset that we’ve lost Rik, who was inspirational, bonkers, and a great life force”.

He described Mayall as “a brilliant comedian and someone who made everyone else’s lives more fun. He will be really, really missed”.

David Walliams, wrote: “I am heartbroken that my comedy idol growing up, Rik Mayall, has died. He made me want to be a comedian.”

While comedian Kevin Bridges added: “Very sad news about Rik Mayall. Loads of great nights growing up watching ‘The Young Ones’ and ‘Bottom’ A funny, funny guy. Respect.”