Rik Mayall funeral takes place in Devon

The funeral of comedian Rik Mayall's has taken place in Devon with his family asking fans for their "thoughts and prayers".

Funeral of Rik Mayall takes place in Devon

Some of the biggest names in British comedy came together in a Devon village today for the funeral of Rik Mayall. The pall bearers included his friend Ade Edmondson, who starred with Rik in The Young Ones.

Alan Rickman and Devon-based Peter Richardson, the creator of the Comic Strip, were among those who spoke at the service.

Rik's family asked fans for their 'thoughts and prayers' as his life was remembered. Duncan Sleightholme reports.

Comedians gather to say farewell to Rik Mayall

Dawn French arrives at St George's Church is Dittisham for Rik Mayall's funeral Credit: PA

The funeral of Rik Mayall has taken place at St George's Church in Dittisham in Devon. The star's former colleagues came to say farewell, including Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ade Edmondson, Ben Elton, Ruby Wax, Alan Rickman and Peter Richardson.

The comic and actor, who had a home in Devon, collapsed and died at home in London last week. Today's private funeral is to be followed by a memorial service in September.

A private service was held at St George's Church in Dittisham Credit: PA

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Family ask for prayer as they lay Rik Mayall to rest

Rik Mayall's funeral will be held in Devon, where he had a home Credit: PA

Rik Mayall's funeral takes place in Devon this afternoon as his widow Barbara asks 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, who had a home in Devon, 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.

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Comedian and actor Rik Mayall pictured in July 1999. Credit: Matthew Fearn/PA Wire

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The 56-year-old actor who had a home in Devon received a doctorate at Exeter University in 2008.

He was best known for his role in the sitcoms "The Young Ones" and "Bottom".

He died at his home in London on Tuesday.

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Rik Mayall died from 'seizure of some sort'

Comic Rik Mayall aged 56.
Comic Rik Mayall died aged 56. Credit: PA

Legendary comic Rik Mayall died from a "seizure of some sort," his friend and Mayall's Comic Strip Presents colleague Peter Richardson has said.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4 Today programme he said: "He was happily chatting away and it was very quick and we still don't quite know what happened but it was a seizure of some sort."

Read: Ade Edmondon's touchingly offensive tribute to Rik Mayall

Rik Mayall punched his friend in the balls here: Mayall gets fake plaque in Hammersmith

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Rik Mayall gets 'fake blue plaque' in west London

This 'fake blue plaque' appeared in Hammersmith last night. Credit: imgur

A fake blue plaque commemorating the late comedian Rik Mayall appeared in west London last night.

The circular sign, reading "Rik Mayall punched his friend in the balls on a bench near this spot" was attached to a barrier in Hammersmith, the Independent reported.

It was complete with a QR code which links users to a YouTube video of the opening titles to Mayall's sitcom Bottom.

The sequence shows Mayall punching co-star Ade Edmondson in the groin.

The 56-year-old died yesterday at his London home.

Read: Ade Edmondon's touchingly offensive tribute to Rik Mayall

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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