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 Warning over strong wind and heavy rain

2 Charity receive anonymous donation

3 Overload Generation to perform in Redditch

4 Prisoner jailed for killing inmate

5 Shadow minister calls for combined care

More news »

Shopper has bag snatched

A WOMAN had her bag snatched while inside

Protest shows support for gay community

A SHOW of solidarity with Redditch’s gay, lesbian,

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

Regional news »


Bromsgrove Standard
Bromsgrove Fairtrade event this weekend as town retains its status

A SPECIAL event being held this weekend will now be ...

Worcester Observer

Visit the Worcester Observer website for the latest.

Stratford Observer
HS2 cash for communities 'derisory'

COUNCIL chiefs have branded cash for communities affected by HS2 ...

Evesham Observer
Strong winds and heavy rain tonight

A WEATHER warning has been issued about strong winds and ...