Comedian and actor Rik Mayall has died aged 56

Comedian and actor Rik Mayall has died aged 56, his management has said.

Mayall was best-known for the TV shows The Young Ones and Bottom, both of which he appeared alongside Adrian Edmondson.

He also starred in several other programmes including The New Statesman, The Comic Strip and Blackadder.


The star was seriously ill after a quad bike accident in 1998 which left him in a coma for several days.

But he made a recovery and was working until recently.

Mayall said doctors had kept him alive on a life-support machine for five days and were about to turn it off when he began to show signs of life.

Speaking last year he said: "The main difference between now and before my accident is I'm just very glad to be alive.

"Other people get moody in their forties and fifties - men get the male menopause. I missed the whole thing. I was just really happy."

Mayall started on stage in a duo, The Dangerous Brothers, with long-time collaborator Edmondson after they met at Manchester University.

Mayall found fame playing would-be anarchist Rick in The Young Ones which ran from 1982 to 1984 in two six-part series.

The show featured anarchic, offbeat humour and it helped to bring alternative comedy to television in the 1980s.

The programme also featured Edmondson as punk Vyvyan, Nigel Planer as paranoid hippie Neil, and Christopher Ryan as shady Mike.

Mayall and Edmondson reprised their original act in the anarchic comedy Bottom.

A statement from Mayall's management, Brunskill, said: "We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Rik Mayall who passed away this morning.

"We will be issuing a further statement in the fullness of time."