Bottom and Blackadder comedian Rik Mayall dies aged 56

The British comedian and former Manchester drama student Rik Mayall has died at the age of 56.

Mayall, who married Scottish make-up artist Barbara Robbin in 1985, died this morning, his manager has confirmed. He leaves behind three children.

He went to the Victoria University of Manchester in 1976 to study drama, where he befriended his future comedy partner Ade Edmondson.

He has appeared in numerous sitcoms including The Young Ones, Blackadder, The New Statesman and Bottom.

He has also starred in on the big screen in comedy films Drop Dead Fred and Guest House Paradiso.

Mayall was left in a coma after a 1998 quad biking accident, but he later recovered and returned to work.

People have already taken to social media to pay tribute to the iconic comedian.

The comedian opened his own Twitter account back in 2010 – to stop anybody else from doing it. Here is his sole tweet: 

Image courtesy of Channel 4 via YouTube with thanks

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