David Walliams and Ade Edmondson lead celebrity tributes to Rik Mayall, dead at 56

David Walliams, Ade Edmondson, Sarah Millican and countless other celebrities have stopped to pay tribute to Rik Mayall, who has sadly passed away at the age of 56


by Kayleigh Dray |
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Comedian and actor Rik Mayall sadly passed away on 9th June 2014 at the age of 56.

And now David Walliams has led the celebrity tributes to the comedian and actor, who starred in The Young Ones, Blacadder, The New Statesman and Bottom, as well as big screen comedy films Drop Dead Fred and Guest House Paradiso.

David Walliams said: "I am heartbroken that my comedy idol growing up Rik Mayall has died. He made me want to be a comedian…"

He later added: "There was a time when Rik Mayall ruled the world."

Comedian Jason Manford also took to Twitter to add: "RIP Rick Mayall. Sad news."

And Rufus Hound also paid tribute, writing: "Drop Dead Fred will always be my imaginary friend… Even that man saying "Weston Super Mayer" was snot ejaculatingly funny"

Sheridan Smith emotionally wrote: "So sad about Rik Mayall, lost another national treasure. Rest in peace my friend, what an honour to have met you x"

Michael Owen followed suit, writing: "Can't believe Rik Mayall has passed away. Growing up he was the funniest man ever."

Comedian Sarah Millican paid homage to a "brilliant man", saying:

Bill Bailey also remembered Rik fondly, writing: "Very sad news about Rik Mayall. Some of my fondest memories of youth are when we gathered round the tv to watch the Young Ones."

And journalist and comedy writer Caitlin Moran took to the small screen to pay tribute to Rik, saying he "was a rockstar".

Ade Edmondson, who was Rik Mayall's comedy partner in the 1980s, also paid tribute to the late star, releasing a beautiful statement.

It read: "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.

"And now he’s died for real. Without me. Selfish b*****d."

The pair famously fell out in early 2000 when Edmondson revealed he no longer wanted to work on a Bottom comeback as they were too old to play the characters.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said officers were called by London Ambulance Service to a house in Barnes, south-west London at around 1.20pm where "a man, aged in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene".

The death is not believed to be suspicious, he added.

A London Ambulance Service spokesman confirmed they had been called to the house at 12:07.

Mayall is best known for his partnership in the 1980s with Ade Edmondson.

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