“I am heartbroken that my comedy idol growing up Rik Mayall has died. He made me want to be a comedian,” said Walliams on Twitter before sharing a clip of the actor as Lord Flashheart in Blackadder.
Scottish Asian comedian Sanjeev Kohli also remembered The Young Ones actor
“If it hadn't been for Rik Mayall, me & about 50 people I know wouldn't be working in comedy,” he tweeted.
“RIP Rik Mayall. Thank you for making me laugh a million times. Woof,” said Chris Moyles, while Chris Evans said:
“RIP Rik Mayall. I'm off to hit the gasman with a frying pan. It's the least I can do,” he wrote on Twitter, referring to Mayall’s famous slapstick comedy.
“Rik Mayall spread a lot of fun and laughter,” said author and playwright Irvine Welsh. “Very sad to see him taken before his time.
Mayall, who was also famous for his role of Alan Beresford B'Stard in The New Statesman, demonstrated his legendary humour with his one and only tweet, dated April 13 2010. The account has since been deleted.
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
"Opening my very own Twitter to stop another bastard from doing it," he wrote. "So f**k off and don't expect to hear from me any time soon. Love Rik x"
Mayall is survived by his wife Barbara and three children. Twitter tributes poured in for the comedian:
Growing up there was no one funnier ! We will really miss you Rik Mayall you genius x pic.twitter.com/tm0wcPcwcU— noel fielding (@noelfielding11) June 9, 2014
So shocked to hear about Rik Mayall. A wonderfully funny icon of British comedy.; Jack Dee (@TheRealJackDee) June 9, 2014
I'm rocked by Rik Mayall's passing. Was so lucky to have worked with him. Was such a hero and influence for me. Don't really no what to say; James Buckley (@James_Buckley) June 9, 2014
Very sad about Rik Mayall. :(( I grew up on the Young Ones in OZ and Bottom Comedy genius..... Sad times; Peter Andre (@MrPeterAndre) June 9, 2014
Last time I saw him he grabbed my crotch and said 'Not eaten yet then?" So sad.. Funniest man of his generation; bob mortimer (@RealBobMortimer) June 9, 2014
Oh no. Awful news about Rik Mayall- a fireball of creative comic energy and inspiration. Such brilliant raw talent. http://t.co/OdAJgjMgnu; Rory Bremner (@rorybremner) June 9, 2014
Rik Mayall spread a lot of fun and laughter. Very sad to see him taken before his time.; Irvine Welsh (@WelshIrvine) June 9, 2014