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  • 19 June 2014, 12:13

Rik Mayall's Family Request Funeral Prayers

Rik Mayall's fans have been asked for their "thoughts and prayers" later when his family hold his funeral.

The comedian's widow Barbara said earlier this week: "Knowing the swell of love you all share with us we would like to let you, the fans, know that we will be having a private family funeral for Rik, as I am sure you will understand.

"We will be burying him at 2pm on Thursday, June 19 if you would like to join us in thoughts and prayer at this time.

"Thank you again for all your love and support to all our family, it brings great strength."

A memorial service for the star, who died last week aged 56, is expected to be held in September.

The Bottom and Young Ones actor collapsed at his home in southwest London after what Mrs Mayall described as an "acute cardiac event".

Mayall's career also included roles such as Lord Flashheart in Blackadder and the conniving Conservative MP Alan B'Stard in The New Statesman.

Since his death, tributes have flowed in for the performer who is survived by his wife and three children, Rosie, Sidney and Bonnie, and his 2010 World Cup song Noble England has gone straight into the Top 10 of the UK's official singles chart.

The track, which was originally recorded for the last World Cup, failed to chart the first time around, but thanks to a social media campaign set up in his memory it went in at number seven on Sunday.

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