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.
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.
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.
A close friend of comedian Rik Mayall has told ITV News he was a larger than life character who will be missed by millions. It's still unclear what caused the death of the 56-year-old actor, who had a farmhouse at East Allington in Devon.
TV producer Nick Smith spent 10 years working with Rik Mayall on projects including a documentary on the legendary Comic Strip. Mr Smith, who lives near Totnes, spoke to our reporter Richard Lawrence about his memories of the late actor and comedian.