Some of Britain's most famous comic stars gathered for the funeral of comic actor Rik Mayall in Devon today.
The star of the Young Ones, Bottom and Blackadder died last week at home, aged 56.
Friends and family have gathered in Dittisham, Devon, to pay their respects at Rik Mayall's funeral.
Guests including Young Ones co-star Nigel Planer and stars such as Ruby Wax, Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French were among 140 mourners attending the service at St George's Church.
Mayall - known for roles in TV hits such as Bottom, The New Statesman and The Young Ones-died last week aged 56 at his home in Barnes, south west London.
Prior to the service, his widow Barbara asked fans for their "thoughts and prayers" during the private ceremony.
Rik Mayall's funeral takes place at 2pm on Thursday as his widow Barbara asked fans to "join us in thoughts and prayer at this time".
"Thank you again for all your love and support to all our family, it brings great strength," she said
The comic and actor collapsed at home in southwest London after what his widow described as an "acute cardiac event".
Mayall shot to fame playing poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones and his career also included roles such as Lord Flashheart in Blackadder and the conniving Conservative MP Alan B'Stard in The New Statesman.
Rik Mayall's "private family funeral" takes place later with his family asking fans for their "thoughts and prayers".
The private ceremony for the star, who died last week aged 56, will be followed by a memorial service which is expected to be held in September.
His widow Barbara said: "Knowing the swell of love you all share with us we would like to let you, the fans, know that we will be having a private family funeral for Rik, as I am sure you will understand."
Comedian Rik Mayall has had a posthumous success for his 2010 World Cup song Noble England, entering the UK official singles chart at number seven.
The track, originally recorded for the World Cup in South Africa, failed to chart when it was first released. However an online campaign to have the song top the charts saw it surge into the Top 10 this week.
The late Rik Mayall’s 2010 single Noble England looks set for top five berth in the Official Singles Chart this Sunday after fans campaigned to get the comedy legend to the top spot following his death on June 9.
The ‘lost’ World Cup single could challenge for the top places this weekend, according to the Official Charts Company. Noble England was originally released for the 2010 World Cup. Following a social media campaign the song reentered the charts at number 38 on Wednesday.
By Thursday it surged 27 places to number 11, and according to latest sales data broke through the top 10 barrier to land at number 8 this morning, according to sales up to midnight last night.
Jennifer Saunders says she was 'shocked' at the recent death of comedian Rik Mayall.
Jennifer and Rik Mayall had worked together previously. Her husband, Ade Edmondson, had worked with Rik in shows such as 'Bottom' and 'The Young Ones' .
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.Read the full story ›
Comedian Rik Mayall suffered "an acute cardiac event" after returning from a morning run, his wife said today.
Barbara Robbin said: "We now know that our darling Rik suffered an 'acute cardiac event' at our home around midday on June 9th.
"He had just returned from his usual run and many people had seen him that morning."
Mayall's wife thanked the media "for their discretion" and "all the wonderful coverage", saying, "It would have made him very happy."
But she added, "I am sure that you all know Rik's response would be something along the lines of, 'Well thanks very much all of you ... now f*** off!'"
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.