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 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
Star of Young Ones, Bottom and The New Statesman, Rik Mayall, a leading light of Britain's alternative comedy scene, has died aged 56.