Rik Mayall funeral attended by stars of comedy world

Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ben Elton and Ade Edmondson all attend ceremony in Devon

Rik Mayall’s funeral was held today (June 19) with many stars of comedy world in attendance.

Mayall was found dead at his home in London on June 9 and his funeral was held in the rural village of Dittisham, Devon. Among those attending were comics Mayall worked with throughout his career including Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders plus Ben Elton, Nigel Planer and Peter Richardson.

The Guardian reports that around 140 mourners attended the ceremony and that Ade Edmondson was one of the pall-bearers. Alan Rickman was also there and songs played on the organ in the church included Procol Harum’s ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ and ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ by Van Morrison.

The comedian and writer was best known for his role as Rick in The Young Ones while he also appeared in Blackadder, The New Statesman and created the hit sitcom Bottom with Ade Edmondson.

Speaking earlier this month, Mayall’s wife Barbara Robbins said that the comedy actor “suffered an acute cardiac event” which led to his death. Her comments followed the results of a coroner’s report earlier today which came back inconclusive. Further tests will be required to establish the official cause of death.

A memorial service is expected to be held in September.