Rik Mayall has died aged 56.
The comedian – best known for his work on programmes such as Bottom and The Young Ones with fellow actor Adrian Edmondson – passed away, confirmed Roger Davidson, his manager.
"It is a terrible shock. All we know at this stage is that Rik died at home. He touched many lives, and always for the better." said Roger.
Rik Mayall has passed awayHowever Rik suffered, it is thought his passing may be linked to a quad bike accident in 1998 where he was left in a coma for days.
Rik leaves behind make-up artist wife Barbara Robbin – who he married in 1985. The couple had three children together, Rosie, 28, Sidney, 26, and Bonnie Mayall, 19.
Rik Mayall left a wife and a daughter
Adrian – who is married to actress Jennifer Saunders - said of the tragedy: "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******"
Since his 1980s comedy shows, Rik has appeared in Jonathan Creek more recently and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Without his acting other half Rik has enjoyed stints on the theatre stage.
I am so shocked to hear Rik Mayall has died. Lovely talented man. My condolences to his family and all sincere wishes to the man— Lynda Bellingham (@LyndaBellingham) June 9, 2014
Rik Mayall one of my favourites. Dear chap. RIP— Zoe Ball (@ZoeTheBall) June 9, 2014
Comedian and actor Rik Mayall has died. Famous for shows such as Blackadder, Young Ones & films like Drop Dead Fred.— Charlene White (@CharleneWhite) June 9, 2014
Maybe the person that I would say made me laugh more than anyone else. Rik Mayall, RIP you total legend! http://t.co/BMX9N6bE2G— Dawn O'Porter (@hotpatooties) June 9, 2014
RIP Rik Mayall so sad xx— Catherine Tyldesley (@Cath_Tyldesley) June 9, 2014
Feel genuinely sad about Rik Mayall. Used to make me belly laugh when I was a kid watching The Young Ones.— Antony Cotton (@antonycotton) June 9, 2014
Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson
Celebrities such as comedians Rory Bremner, Chris O’Dowd, and Dawn O’Porter have paid tribute to the star since learning of the sad news via Twitter, sharing that he inspired their work.
News presenter Charlene White also shared their sadness, while Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley and actor Antony Cotton posted a message online too.