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".

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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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