Well this just sucks. Rik Mayall was a staple of my teenage years, appearing as the People's Poet, anarchic Rick, in The Young Ones. Then the self obsessed wannabe celebrity Richie Rich in Filthy Rich and Catflap. Then as sex obsessed slob Richard Richard in Bottom, and its brilliant stage shows. And of course, in a change of pace, as Alan B'Stard, conservative politician in The New Statesman.
He was a mad comic genius. RIP Rik Bloody Mayall.
Aged just 56, too.