Comedian Rik Mayall dead at 56

By Ian Dipple Monday 09 June 2014 Updated: 11/06 11:59

COMEDIAN Rik Mayall has passed away aged 56 it has been announced.

Mayall, born in Essex but who grew up in Droitwich, was best known for comedy creations Richie in Bottom and Rick in The Young Ones. He also appeared as Lord Flashheart in several episodes of Blackadder.

He was also responsible for creating Redditch investigative journalist Kevin Turvey and starred in the 1982 mockumentary Kevin Turvey - The Man Behind The Green Door in which he searches out scoops around the borough and is pictured surveying the ring road, in front of the Headless Cross water tower and on the pitch at the Valley Stadium.

Mayall was no stranger to Worcestershire having attended King's School Worcester, performed at the Norbury Theatre and on one occasion toured the streets of Malvern as sleazy politician Alan B’stard, a character he played in The New Statesman.

He was also given an honorary degree at Worcester University in November, 2007.

The cause of the comedian's death is not yet known but police say it is not suspicious.

Share This

Popular »

1 School age change may be driving flood of applications

2 Tax disc replacement launched

3 Family raise money to say thanks

4 Schools to benefit from funding

5 Ex Tory and UKIP man in new group

More news »

Redditch man bids for World Cup glory

ROY HODGSON'S men won't be England's only chance

Move on order sees anti-social behaviour drop

COMPLAINTS about anti-social behaviour have plummeted in Winyates

Fans warned not to 'kick-off' during World Cup

FOOTBALL fans are being urged to drink sensibly

Her first response was yes

A COUPLE who met while looking after a

Regional news »


Bromsgrove Standard
Family production Duck in a Truck comes to Artrix

A STAGE version of Jez Alborough’s Duck in a Truck ...

Worcester Observer

Visit the Worcester Observer website for the latest.

Stratford Observer
More than £1.2million spent by SDC on planning appeals

MORE than £1.25 million has been spent on planning appeals ...

Evesham Observer
Cutting costs on county agenda

A SWATHE of new cuts are on the way as ...