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Rik Mayall's daughter pays tribute

Rik Mayall's daughter has paid tribute to him today Credit: Myung Jung Kim/PA Wire

Rik Mayall's daughter has paid tribute to her "generous, foul mouthed and hysterical father" after his death aged 56.

The star, who shot to fame playing poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones, was found dead at his home in London yesterday.

Writing on Facebook, Bonnie Mayall said: "My dad was loved not only by my family, but by many many others.

"We will never forget him and neither will the world.

"R.I.P to the man, the myth, the legend - my wonderful, generous, foul mouthed and hysterical father. My idol now and forever.

"We love you daddy."

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Ade Edmondson pays tribute to his friend Rik Mayall

Actor and comedian Adrian Edmondson has paid tribute to his late friend Rik Mayall. The pair worked together on The Young Ones and Bottom. Mayall, who was 56 was found dead at his London home earlier today.

He said:

"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.

Earlier this year we met with the comic most famous for playing Vyvyan on the Young Ones, who spoke of his memories of acting alongside Rik Mayall.

Comedians pay tribute to Devon's Rik Mayall

Stars from the world of comedy have been paying tribute to Devon based comedian Rik Mayall who died today at the age of 56.

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I am heartbroken that my comedy idol growing up Rik Mayall has died. He made me want to be a comedian... https://t.co/7DAUgjbX9i

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Very sad to hear of the passing of Rik Mayall. Far too young. A very funny and talented man.

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Last time I saw him he grabbed my crotch and said 'Not eaten yet then?" So sad.. Funniest man of his generation

Tributes paid to Rik Mayall who's died at 56

Rik Mayall as his character Alan B'Stard Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Among those paying tribute to Mayall was David Walliams, who said: "I am heartbroken that my comedy idol growing up, Rik Mayall, has died. He made me want to be a comedian."

Impressionist Rory Bremner said: "Oh no. Awful news about Rik Mayall - a fireball of creative comic energy and inspiration. Such brilliant raw talent."

Blackadder producer John Lloyd said Mayall was "just extraordinary".

Speaking to BBC News, he said: "It's really a dreadful piece of news.

"I remember going to the very first night of the Comedy Store and thinking 'Where does this come from?'.

"It was the most extraordinary thing, him and Ade Edmondson doing the Dangerous Brothers, they were called, and you just felt you were in the presence of something, a whole revolutionary thing."

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Devon comedian Rik Mayall dies at the age of 56

Rik Mayall was given an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter Credit: Anthony Harvey/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Devon comedian Rik Mayall has died at the age of 56.

He was best known for his anarchic sitcoms 'The Young Ones' and 'Bottom' alongside long time collaborator Ade Edmondson.

In 1998, he was left seriously ill after a quad bike accident near his home in Devon and spent several days in a coma at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital.

Rik as his political character Alan B'Stard Credit: David Cheskin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Later in his career he also became known for his political character Alan B'Stard in his shown The New Statesman.

In 2008 he was given an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter.

His management have confirmed that the comedian died this morning.

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