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Comedy's famous faces gather for Mayall funeral

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.

Writer and comedian Ben Elton arrives. Credit: Press Association
Writer and comedian Peter Richardson (left). Credit: Press Association
Adrian Edmondson smiles as he leaves St George's Church, Dittisham, Devon. Credit: Press Association
Actor Alan Rickman also attended. Credit: Press Association


Stars pay their respects at Rik Mayall's funeral

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.

Dawn French has arrived at the funeral to pay tribute to Rik Mayall. Credit: PA

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 widow: Support source of 'great strength'

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

Rik Mayall's funeral takes place at 2pm. Credit: PA

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 'private family funeral' takes place later

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.

Rik Mayall 'private family funeral' takes place later. Credit: PA

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."

Mayall's 2010 World Cup song becomes Top 10 chart hit

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.

Watch: Rik Mayall's Noble England

Rik Mayall's 2010 World Cup song has gone straight into the Top 10 in the UK official singles chart. Credit: Myung Jung Kim/PA Wire/

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.

Mayall passed away on Monday after suffering what his wife described as "an acute cardiac event".


Rik Mayall World Cup anthem 'set for top five' in charts

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.

Rik Mayall's World Cup anthem set for top five in charts. Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

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.

Wife says Rik Mayall suffered 'an acute cardiac event'

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.

Rik Mayall pictured in September 1999. Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

"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!'"

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