THE anarchic comedian Rik Mayall has died, according to his agent.
The 56-year-old comedian and actor, who is famous for his roles in The Young Ones, Blackadder and Bottom, died this morning, according to a spokesman for Brunskill Management.
The actor, who had a home near Plymouth, visited a Falmouth bookshop in 2012 to promote his audio book The Last Hurrah, which was co-written by Falmouth resident Craig Green and features Mayall as a sherry-guzzling, prawn-eating, misanthropic, immortal, snowman called Elton.
The New Statesman star was injured after crashing a quad bike near his home in Devon in 1998.
Richard Michael "Rik" Mayall, born March 7, 1958, was an English comedian, writer and actor best known for his comedy partnership with Adrian Edmondson, his over-the-top, energetic portrayal of characters and as a pioneer of alternative comedy in the early 1980s.
He appeared in numerous sitcoms and on the big screen in comedy films Drop Dead Fred and Guest House Paradiso.
Mayall, the second of four children, was born in Harlow, Essex to John and Gillian Mayall. He had an older brother, Anthony, and two younger sisters, Libby and Kate.
When Mayall was three years old, he and his parents — who taught drama — moved to Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, where he spent the rest of his childhood and performed in his parents' plays.
After attending The King's School, Worcester, Mayall went to the Victoria University of Manchester in 1976 to study drama, where he befriended his future comedy partner Ade Edmondson.
He also met Ben Elton and Lise Mayer, with whom he later co-wrote The Young Ones.