Family and friends mourn TV comedian Rik Mayall

Friends and family gathered to pay their respects to late comedy star Rik Mayall today as his funeral took place in a country village.

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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.

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