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  • 12 June 2014, 10:36

Rik Mayall: Number 1 Bid For World Cup Song

A campaign has been launched to pay tribute to dead comedian Rik Mayall by sending a World Cup song he wrote to number one.

The former Young Ones star recorded a track called Noble England in the run up to the last World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

The sudden death of Mayall, which appeared to have come after he suffered a seizure, was announced on Monday.

His wife Barbara told the Daily Mirror his body was found at their home in Barnes, southwest London, but that she would have to wait for the coroner's report before she knew any more.

Now a Facebook page has been set up to encourage people to buy Noble England as a way of marking his passing.

Jon Morter, Jason McGuire and Steevi Diamond set up the page with a link to the song's iTunes preview in a bid to get it to chart.

By Wednesday, the song's midweek position on iTunes was number 14 and number one on Amazon. The Facebook site, meanwhile, had attracted nearly 11,000 'likes'.

Jon, Jason and Steevi wrote: "Sadly on the eve of this year's World Cup we lost Rik, so a few of us thought it would be a nice idea to try and get him in the charts as a tribute to a legend.

"We are just 3 Rik fans hoping to give him a good send off!"

Noble England is one of a number of little-known tracks by the actor and comedian.

He also played a bass player in one of Channel 4's Comic Strip Presents episodes called Bad News, based on the life of a spoof heavy metal band, which came out before This Is Spinal Tap.

Several hundred of those who had registered a 'like' commented on the campaign.

Paul McMonnies wrote: "Raising a pint of Bombardier in memory of Rik - buy your copy of Noble England today!"

Another, Mic Sax, wrote: "Rik Mayall back in the charts sounds like a great send off."

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