Young Ones actor Rik Mayall, a former Worcester schoolboy who grew up in Droitwich, dies aged 56

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DROITWICH comedy star Rik Mayall has died at the age of 56.

The Young Ones star and writer suffered a serious head injury 16 years ago when he was discovered unconscious after a quad bike he was riding toppled on top of him at his country home in Devon in 1998.

After being in a coma for five days with what doctors feared would be permanent brain damage, the star recovered.

The father-of-three had to take medication to stave off seizures from then on, and was admitted back to hospital a year later for further tests after he had the accident in a steep, rain-soaked field at his farm, but up until recently was still working.

He moved to Droitwich when he was three-years-old with his three siblings and performed in the spa town’s Norbury Theatre in productions written by his drama teacher parents, John and Gillian Mayall.

By some residents of Droitwich, Rik has been considered one of Droitwich’s finest exports.

The Bottom comedian also got his hometown mentioned in the first episode of Blackadder 2nd, titled ‘Bells’: “Father: Kate, for the final time, your mother is not dead. She’s run off with your uncle Henry.

“Kate: Dear father, I know you only say such things to comfort me.

“Father: Your mother is alive and well and living in Droitwich.”

Dozens of residents from the town took to Twitter to offer their tributes to the former King’s School pupil.

Jack Nicholls said: “Rik Mayall was also the most notable man to come from my home town of Droitwich, and got it a mention in Blackadder II episode ‘Bells’.”

Hayward Wright wrote: “Comedian and actor Rik Mayall dies - sad news local comedian lived in Droitwich and went to King’s School.”

Several users of the social network site, including Jack O’Brien, dubbed him “one of Droitwich’s favourite sons”, and Carol Ross said the town, where he spent his childhood after being born in Essex, would remember him always.

Another local, Andy Willetts, wrote: “Gutted to hear about Rik Mayall. He was a fantastic comic actor and a Droitwich lad to boot.”

Also on Twitter, @amarakate tweeted: “Droitwich is proud to have had you as one of us once upon time. RIP Rik Mayall, comedy legend.”

The death of the actor is not thought to be suspicious.

 

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5:43pm Mon 9 Jun 14

dropkick55 says...

RIP fella
RIP fella dropkick55
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6:39pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Geoffery1966 says...

A real comedy genius..............
.......great loss :-(
A real comedy genius.............. .......great loss :-( Geoffery1966
  • Score: 7

7:57pm Mon 9 Jun 14

spider666 says...

Comedy genius and legend --Not everyones cup of tea but he ticked all the boxes for me --The "Bottom" live shows are fantastic and showed his and Ade Edmondsons natural raw talent --RIP Rik,i bet they're buying tickets for your first show up there already ;)
Comedy genius and legend --Not everyones cup of tea but he ticked all the boxes for me --The "Bottom" live shows are fantastic and showed his and Ade Edmondsons natural raw talent --RIP Rik,i bet they're buying tickets for your first show up there already ;) spider666
  • Score: 6

8:25pm Mon 9 Jun 14

CJH says...

I remember seeing him for the first time on TV as Kevin Turvey. Just watching those again on youtube. He was so funny.
I remember seeing him for the first time on TV as Kevin Turvey. Just watching those again on youtube. He was so funny. CJH
  • Score: 8

2:41am Tue 10 Jun 14

ACBLive says...

R.I.P Rik Mayall - I am also led to believe that he also attended Rashwood School near Droitwich as this history link suggests: http://www.francisfr
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R.I.P Rik Mayall - I am also led to believe that he also attended Rashwood School near Droitwich as this history link suggests: http://www.francisfr ith.com/rashwood/mem ories/mrs-boffey_954 41/ ACBLive
  • Score: 3

2:47am Tue 10 Jun 14

ACBLive says...

Although demolished and replaced by a Travelodge and Little Chef, the school garden still exists albeit over grown by small trees, I ventured along the pavement, alongside the busy A38 and observed the remains of a garden there.
Although demolished and replaced by a Travelodge and Little Chef, the school garden still exists albeit over grown by small trees, I ventured along the pavement, alongside the busy A38 and observed the remains of a garden there. ACBLive
  • Score: 2

10:57am Tue 10 Jun 14

spider666 says...

CJH wrote:
I remember seeing him for the first time on TV as Kevin Turvey. Just watching those again on youtube. He was so funny.
He is quoted as saying he based Kevin Turvey on the Birmingham overspill who came to Droitwich Spa --A very funny character ;)
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: I remember seeing him for the first time on TV as Kevin Turvey. Just watching those again on youtube. He was so funny.[/p][/quote]He is quoted as saying he based Kevin Turvey on the Birmingham overspill who came to Droitwich Spa --A very funny character ;) spider666
  • Score: 3

1:26pm Tue 10 Jun 14

soper2045 says...

Remember Rik and other Kings School Boys livening up the Farriers in Worcester mid 70s!
Remember Rik and other Kings School Boys livening up the Farriers in Worcester mid 70s! soper2045
  • Score: 2

3:34pm Tue 10 Jun 14

green49 says...

What can you say about a fantastic talent like Rik, hope he is at peace.
What can you say about a fantastic talent like Rik, hope he is at peace. green49
  • Score: 3

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