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Rik Mayall, star of The Young Ones, dies aged 56

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.