Ade Edmondson has paid tribute to his comedy partner Rik Mayall, who died yesterday (June 9).
Mayall was confirmed dead at his home in London he 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 Edmondson.
The comedy actor issued a statement following the news of Mayall’s death, saying: “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.
He ended the statement by saying, “And now he’s died for real. Without me. Selfish bastard.”
Meanwhile, Mayall’s wife has said that she still does not not know what killed her husband. Speaking to Evening Standard reporters outside her home in London, Barbara Robbin said: “We don’t know yet what happened. He had a strong heart, so I don’t think it was a heart attack. But we just don’t know until the coroner’s report. Maybe he had a fit, maybe it was his heart. We just don’t know.”
A Scotland Yard spokesman said that Mayall’s death is not being treated as suspicious.