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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."
A fake blue plaque commemorating the late comedian Rik Mayall appeared in west London last night.
The circular sign, reading "Rik Mayall punched his friend in the balls on a bench near this spot" was attached to a barrier in Hammersmith, the Independent reported.
It was complete with a QR code which links users to a YouTube video of the opening titles to Mayall's sitcom Bottom.
The sequence shows Mayall punching co-star Ade Edmondson in the groin.
The 56-year-old died yesterday at his London home.
Rik Mayall was supported by an "amazing belief and energy", his close friend Helen Lederer has told Good Morning Britain.
Lederer, who has acted along Mayall in his sitcom Bottom and appeared in The Young Ones, said she met the "warm, kind and lovely" Mayall when they both performed at the Edinburgh Festival.
"We've lost someone so special," Lederer added.
Rik Mayall's wife has said that she "doesn't think" her comedian husband died from a heart attack, and suggested he may have suffered a fit.
Speaking outside the couple's home in Barnes, south-west London, make-up artist Barbara Robbin said she had no idea what caused 56-year-old husband's death today.
"We don't know yet what happened," she told reporters. "He had a strong heart, so I don't think it was a heart attack. But we just don't know until the coroner's report.
"Maybe he had a fit, maybe it was his heart. We just don't know."
Police said the comedian's death is not believed to be suspicious.
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.
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.
Ben Elton, who was a university contemporary of Rik Mayall, has paid tribute to the Young Ones star, who died today aged 56.
He said: "I met Rik when I was 18 and his friendship and extraordinary comic talent have been an inspiration to me ever since.
"I owe him so much, he changed my life utterly when he asked me to co-write The Young Ones with him and he was with me on the day I met my wife. He always made me cry with laughter, now he's just made me cry."
Actor and long-time friend Adrian Edmondson said of Rik Mayall: "There were times when Rik and I were writing together when we almost died laughing. They were some of the most carefree stupid days I ever had, and I feel privileged to have shared them with him.
"And now he's died for real. Without me. Selfish b*****d."
Responding to enquiries about the death of comedian Rik Mayall today, a Scotland Yard spokesman said officers were called by London Ambulance Service to a house in Barnes, south-west London at around 1.20pm where "a man, aged in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene".
The death is not believed to be suspicious, he added.
Comedia David Walliams and actress Helen Lederer, who appeared alongside Rik Mayall in The Young Ones, were among the comics and writers paying tribute to the star, who died today.
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