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Rik Mayall, star of The Young Ones, dies at 56

Rik Mayall, a British comedian famous for his work in the 1980s BBC2 cult comedy The Young Ones, was pronounced dead at his home London this morning.

Mayall made a name for himself by playing loud-mouthed characters, from Rick, the poetry-writing anarchist in The Young Ones, to the lecherous Lord Flashheart in Blackadder. He starred in The Young Ones with his longtime friend Adrian Edmondson. The two went on to star in their own sitcom, Bottom. He also played the title character in the 1991 comedy Drop Dead Fred.

In 1998, Mayall survived a near-fatal quad bike accident that left him a coma for three days. He was married and had three children. The London police have stated that the cause of his death is not believed to be suspicious.

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