Rik Mayall dies, aged 56

Comedy actor starred in TV series' 'The Young Ones', 'Blackadder' and 'Bottom'

Actor and comedian Rik Mayall has died. He was 56.

Mayall's manager confirmed news of his death to the BBC earlier today. The actor is best known for his role as Rick in The Young Ones while he also appeared in Blackadder, The New Statesman and created the hit sit-com Bottom with comedy partner Ade Edmondson.

Mayall also had a celebrated film career, most notably in 1991 movie Drop Dead Fred.

A statement from Mayall's management, Brunskill, said: "We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Rik Mayall who passed away this morning.

"We will be issuing a further statement in the fullness of time."

He was left seriously ill after a quad bike accident in 1998 which left him in a coma for several days but returned to work in recent years including roles in Channel 4 comedy Man Down and a 2013 episode of Jonathan Creek .

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