Rik Mayall dead: A fan once asked for his autograph, here is his excellent written response

A fan once asked for Rik Mayall's autograph, here is his brilliant response

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Rik Mayall died this morning at the age of 56, a beloved comedian and actor known for, among other things, his penchant for profanity.

Aside from the obvious classic Young Ones quotes, this was famously exhibited in a letter he wrote to a fan back in 2008.

An autograph hunter named Dan emailed a representative of Mayall in the hope of adding a signature to his collection.

Over a month later, he received this handwritten response in the post:

"Here you are you cheapskate money-grabbing Welsh c*nt — where's the f*cking envelope you deformity??

"Here you are Daniel, thank you so much for writing. I hope you like the picture.

"Best wishes my dear friend."

(Signed, 'Rik Mayall')

The message made it into the popular Letters of Note collection, and was almost spiky as his first (and last) tweet:

Opening my very own Twitter to stop another bastard from doing it. So f**k off & don't expect to hear from me any time soon. Love Rik x

— Rik Mayall (@rikmayall) April 13, 2010

Mayall was left seriously ill after a quad bike accident in 1998 which left him in a coma for several days, but was working until recently. A spokeswoman confirmed that the actor died at his home in London.