Rik Mayall’s cause of death is still unknown.
His wife - Barbara Robbin, who he married in 1985 – said that the reason for his sudden death is unclear.
“We don't know yet what happened,” she said. “He had a strong heart, so I don't think it was a heart attack. But we just don't know until the coroner's report.
"Maybe he had a fit, maybe it was his heart. We just don't know."
Mayall – who was working until recently - died Monday 9 June, aged 56, in his London home. Robbin is thought to have found him.
Rik Mayall: Career in pictures
Rik Mayall: Career in pictures
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Rik Mayall 'The Last Hurrah' CD signing, Falmouth Bookseller in Cornwall, 2013
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British actor and comedian Rik Mayall being interviewed in January 1985
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Rik Mayall attends the Olivier Awards at the Dominion Theatre in London, 1989
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Rik Mayall and Dave Allen at the British Comedy Awards party in London, 1993
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Rik Mayall in 'Rik Mayall Presents', 1995
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Rik Mayall in 1999
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Rik Mayall with his wife Barbara in 2000
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Rik Mayall in 2003
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Actor Rik Mayall arrives at the UK Film Premiere of the classic novel by Jules Verne 'Around The World In 80 Days' at Vue West End in London, 2004
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Rik Mayall at the National TV Awards in Royal Albert Hall in London, 2005
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Rik Mayall and Marsha Fitzalan pose as their comic 1980's TV characters Alan and Sarah B'Stard in London, 2006
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Actor Rik Mayall is asked to move on by police as he poses as his comic 1980's TV character Alan B'Stard to launch the four-month UK tour of the stage adaptation of the satirical TV series outside the Houses of Parliment in London, 2006
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Rik Mayall auditioning actors for the parts of Tony and Cherie Blair for his play 'The New Statesman - Alan B'Stard's Extremely Secret Weapon', Trafalgar Studios, Whitehall in London, 2006
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Rik Mayall standing on a Saltire painted cow outside the Scottish Parliament, 2006
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Rik Mayall jokes with television executive and broadcaster Alan Yentob at the British Comedy Awards in London, 2011
In 1998, the comedian and actor was left in a coma for several days, following a quad bike accident. He made a good recovery, but was left with epilepsy – for which he had to take daily medication. He had previously talked about suffering a fit, having failed to take his pills.
Paramedics were called to Mayall’s Barnes home, but The Young Ones actor was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.20pm.
British director Peter Richardson, known for his role in The Comic Strip Presents, said his son had spoken to the actor just half an hour before he died.
"He was happily chatting away [to my son] and then we still don’t know quite what happened but it was a seizure of some sort.
"He had 16 years after the quad bike and I think that at the time people didn't think he would survive.
"But he lived for another 16 years and it was just shocking that he was so happy and seemed so healthy when he did go."
"He’s got a very wonderful family, he was a very loving father and all I can say is that Rik had a very happy life."
Known for his performances in Blackadder, Bottom and The New Statesman, the comedian was remembered by the entertainment world, as tributes poured in on Twitter.
David Walliams said he felt “heartbroken” at news of his death, tweeting that, “He made me want to be a comedian.”
Stephen Fry added that he was “authentic comedy genius and a prince among men”, while Ade Emondson who worked with Mayall on Bottom and The Young Ones issued a statement:
“There were times when Rik and I were writing together when we almost died laughing,” he said.
“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 b*****d.”Reuse content