We’ve already been privy to Rik Mayall’s entertaining relationship with his fans, as seen with his brilliant response to a fan’s autograph request published this week.
Now a birthday card has surfaced, sent to a member of the public from the late comedy actor reaffirming his legendary humour.
Karen MacLeavy - the daughter of a fan - wrote to Mayall, enclosing a blank card, explaining that it was her father’s 60th birthday coming and asking if he’d mind signing the card.
However, the family didn’t expect the message that followed:
“John, the whole world knows you have always been a complete and utter, utter, utter twat, but now you are an old complete and utter, utter, utter incontinent, deaf, blind, doddering, dribbling, toothless, brainless, insane old twat,” wrote Mayall.
“So I just thought, as we are both dangerous old bastards, that I’d wish you a very happy birthday you sad senile old git.”
The card was sealed, so no one knew what was inside until the day of the birthday.
“The look on dad's face (well ALL of our faces) was priceless,” wrote one of the fan’s daughters, Tracy Bosworth, on her Facebook page.
“I'm opening up the privacy on this so if you want to share it as an example of what a lovely guy rik was, feel free to do so. Xx”
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
Mayall died on 9 June, aged 56. The cause of his death is so far unknown, although friend Peter Richardson – whose son was “happily chatting” to the actor half an hour before he died - has attributed it to a “seizure”.
His wife, Barbara Robbins, said that no reason had yet been determined.