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

British comedian and actor Rik Mayall has died aged 56.

He played the obnoxious, poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones alongside his friend Adrian Edmondson before the duo later went on to star in their sitcom Bottom.

Mayall also appeared in shows including Blackadder and The New Statesman.

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

The actor, who was married with three children, died at home in London.

Mayall’s film roles included the comedies Drop Dead Fred and Guest House Paradiso.

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