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  • 11 June 2014, 12:07

Mayall Daughter's Tribute To 'Foul-Mouthed' Dad

Rik Mayall's daughter Bonnie has paid tribute to the comedy star, calling him a "wonderful, generous, foul-mouthed and hysterical father".

The 56-year-old, whose hit TV shows included The Young Ones, The New Statesman, Bottom and Blackadder, was found dead at his London home on Monday.

The cause of death is not yet known but his wife, Barbara Robbin, said he could have had a fit.

It is understood Mayall suffered from epilepsy after a quad bike accident in 1998 in which he had two brain haemorrhages and was left in a coma for five days.

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."

The world of comedy has also paid tribute to the "genius" who shot to fame playing the poetry writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones and went on to have a glittering television career.

Peter Richardson, who starred with him in Comic Strip Presents, said he was happy and healthy in the hours before his death at his Barnes home.

Richardson said his son saw him around half an hour before he died and Mayall was "happily chatting away" and then had "a seizure of some sort".

Close friend and long-time collaborator Adrian Edmondson said he felt privileged to have shared "carefree stupid days" with Mayall at Manchester University, where the pair studied.

He said: "There were times when Rik and I were writing together when we almost died laughing.

"They were some of the most carefree stupid days I ever had, and I feel privileged to have shared them with him. And now he's died for real. Without me. Selfish bastard."

Comedian and actor Simon Pegg has told Sky's Entertainment Week that Mayall was a "a true pioneer" of comedy.

"He was the inspiration to me. I'm very sad about Rik's passing," Pegg said.

"I have experienced a genuine sense of loss, because he's probably the reason I became interested in comedy as a young man.

"And I got to work with him as well ... to sit with him and talk to him about comedy."

Speaking about the quad bike accident, Mayall said doctors had kept him alive on a life-support machine for five days and were about to turn it off when he began to show signs of life.

Mayall and Barbara Robbin, who is a make-up artist, have been married since 1985 and have three children, Rosie, Sidney and Bonnie.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said officers were called by London Ambulance Service to a house in Barnes where "a man, aged in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene".

He added the death was not believed to be suspicious.

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