- 25 updates
Rik Mayall’s 2010 single Noble England could finish this week in the Top 5 Official Singles Chart.
A fan-led drive to get the comedian's 2010 World Cup song to number one started after he died unexpectedly on Monday.
The song did not make the chart the first time around but after a social media campaign it entered the midweek chart at number 38. It has now broken into the Top 10 and is at number 8, based on sales up to midnight last night.
As sales for Rik Mayall's 2010 World Cup song have been sent rocketing after his death, Martin Talbot, Chief Executive for the Official Charts Company, said:
Rik Mayall's death this week was a shock to a whole generation of comedy fans - and their reaction in pushing his 2010 single is a reflection of how much he was loved. In turn, his new hit also underlines how the Official Singles Chart remains a modern-day barometer of public opinion.
Rik Mayall's character in The Young Ones was a Cliff Richard-obsessed sociology student and this evening the veteran pop star paid tribute to the comedian, who died today aged 56.
Sir Cliff said: "I became a fan of his when he was in The Young Ones show and was always thrilled when he used my name during his series.
"I am so sad at his parting."
In 1986 the singer recorded a charity version of his hit single Living Doll with the Young Ones cast for Comic Relief.
A post-mortem examination into the death of comedian Rik Mayall has proven inconclusive and more tests will have to be carried out to determine the cause of death, West London Coroner's Court has said.
An online campaign could see Rik Mayall top the charts less than a week after his death after it sent sales of his failed football anthem rocketing.
Noble England - recorded for the 2010 World Cup - jumped 27 places overnight and is now just outside the top 10 at No. 11, according to data from the Official Charts Company.
The music video for the track has reached over 514,000 views on YouTube so far despite never reaching the charts the first time around.
A post-mortem to establish how legendary comic and actor Rik Mayall died is expected to be carried out tomorrow, a spokesman for West London Coroners Court has said.
The Young Ones and Bottom star died aged 56 at his London home earlier this week.
Once cause of death is established an inquest may be scheduled at a later date, the spokesman added.
Stephen Fry has tweeted his sadness at the death of "comedy genius" Rik Mayall, a friend with whom he starred in the play Cell Mates.
Legendary comic Rik Mayall died from a "seizure of some sort," his friend and Mayall's Comic Strip Presents colleague Peter Richardson has said.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4 Today programme he said: "He was happily chatting away and it was very quick and we still don't quite know what happened but it was a seizure of some sort."
Latest ITV News reports
Rik Mayall's widow has thanked the public for their support following his death - but gave a cheeky nod to her late husband in the process.
An online campaign has been launched to try and get a 'forgotten' World Cup song by late comedian Rik Mayall to number one in the charts