British comedian Rik Mayall has died.
. . .He played obnoxious, poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones with his friend Adrian Edmondson. The pair later starred in the sitcom Bottom.
A pioneer of the 1980s alternative comedy scene, Mayall also appeared in Blackadder and The New Statesman. . .
Edmondson added: “There were times when Rik and I were writing together when we almost died laughing. . .
Writer Laurence Marks, who created The New Statesman, described Mayall as “a quiet, polite, caring gentleman”.
“He was the antithesis of the characters he played,” he said, . . .