Rik Mayall’s funeral will be held today 19 June. A memorial service is reportedly expected to be held in September.
Today’s service will be a “private family” event and the comedian’s widow, Barbara Robbin, has asked fans for their “thoughts and prayers”.
“We will be burying him at 2pm on Thursday June 19 if you would like to join us in thoughts and prayer at this time,” she said.
“Thank you again for all your love and support to all our family, it brings great strength.”
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, Mayall was left in a coma for several days after a serious quad bike accident. He recovered, but was left with epilepsy – for which he took daily medication.
Known for his roles in Blackadder, The Young Ones and The New Statesman, Mayall’s death prompted an outpouring of tributes from both the public and entertainment figureheads, including David Walliams, Jack Dee and Bob Mortimer.
His World Cup track, “Noble England” – first released in 2010 - entered the top 10 of the UK Official Charts last week, after a fan campaign.
Mayall is survived by his wife, Barbara, and three children, Rosie, Sidney and Bonnie – the latter of whom paid tribute to her late father on Facebook.
“We will never forget him and neither will the world,” the 19-year-old wrote on her Facebook page.
“R.I.P to the man, the myth, the legend - my wonderful generous, foul-mouthed and hysterical father. My idol now and forever.
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