Rik Mayall
(1958-2014)

Died aged c. 56

Richard Michael "Rik" Mayall (7 March 1958 – 9 June 2014) was an English comedian, writer, actor and voice-over artist. Mayall was a pioneer of alternative comedy in the early 1980s. He formed a comedy partnership with Ade Edmondson, and appeared in numerous cult classic sitcoms, including The Young Ones (1982–1984), Filthy Rich & Catflap (1987), "The Comic Strip Presents", The New Statesman (1987–1994), Bottom (1991–1995), Blackadder, and in the comedy films Drop Dead Fred (1991) and Guest House Paradiso (1999). His acting style was described as energetic "post-punk". He also won an Emmy for his voice over work in the TV Movie adaption of The Willows in Winter. In 1998, he suffered a serious head injury in a quad bike accident near his Devon home, and was in a coma for several days. He subsequently recovered. Mayall died of a suspected heart attack on 9 June 2014 at the age of 56. At the time of his death, Mayall was described by Danny Cohen, director of BBC Television, as a "truly brilliant" comedian with a unique stage presence, whose "fireball creativity" and approach to sitcom had inspired a generation of comedy stars.

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Rik Mayall 1958-2014 punched his friend in the balls on a bench near this spot

Hammersmith Broadway, London, United Kingdom where they punched his friend in the balls