9 June 2014
British comedian and actor Rik Mayall has died at home, aged 56.
He played obnoxious, poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones with his friend Adrian Edmondson. The pair later starred in the sitcom Bottom. A pioneer of the 1980s alternative comedy scene, Mayall also appeared in Blackadder and The New Statesman.
Police said they were called to reports of a sudden death of a man in his 50s at 13:19 BST on Monday, in Barnes in south-west London.
London Ambulance Service said, “a man, aged in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene”.
The Metropolitan Police said the death was not believed to be suspicious.