Saturday 29 November 2014

'One of the funniest people ever': Comedy royalty turns out for Rik Mayall's funeral

Dawn French and Ben Elton among mourners as 'Bottom' co-star Adrian Edmonson carries coffin into church

Ella Alexander

Published 20/06/2014 | 16:35

Adrian Edmonson (front right) helps carry the coffin of Rik Mayall from St George's church in Dittisham, Devon, following his funeral service. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 19, 2014. The private ceremony for the star, who died last week aged 56, will be followed by a memorial service which is expected to be held in September. See PA story FUNERAL Mayall. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Adrian Edmonson (front right) helps carry the coffin of Rik Mayall from St George's church in Dittisham, Devon, following his funeral service. Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Nigel Planer arrives at St George's church in Dittisham, Devon, for the funeral of Rik Mayall. Nick Ansell/PA Wire
The order of service for Rik Mayall whose funeral was held at St George's church in Dittisham, Devon. Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Alan Rickman (centre) stands with other mourners as he leaves St George's church in Dittisham, Devon, following the funeral of Rik Mayall. Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Nigel Planer (centre) stands with mourners as he leaves St George's church in Dittisham, Devon, following the funeral of Rik Mayall.Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Adrian Edmondson smiles as he leaves St George's church in Dittisham, Devon, following the funeral of Rik Mayall. Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Jennifer Saunders arrives for the funeral of Rik Mayall at St George's church in Dittisham, Devon. Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Peter Richardson (left) arrives for the funeral of Rik Mayall at St George's church in Dittisham, Devon. Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Alexei Sayle arrives at St George's church in Dittisham, Devon, for the funeral of Rik Mayall. Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Peter Richardson arrives at St George's church in Dittisham, Devon, for the funeral of Rik Mayall. Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Adrian Edmonson carries the coffin of Rik Mayall from St George's church in Dittisham, Devon, following his funeral service. Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Adrian Edmonson carries the coffin of Rik Mayall from St George's church in Dittisham, Devon, following his funeral service. Nick Ansell/PA Wire
The coffin of Rik Mayall is carried into St George's church in Dittisham, Devon, for his funeral service. Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Rik Mayall’s friends and family paid tribute to the late comedian at his funeral in Devon today.

Around 140 guests attended the “private” service, including Dawn French, Ben Elton, Alan Rickman, Peter Richardson, Nigel Planer, Jennifer Saunders and Ruby Wax.

Mayall’s coffin was decorated in red flowers and carried into St George’s Church in the village of Dittisham in Devon.

“He was honestly one of the funniest people ever,” said French before the funeral. “A breathtakingly funny and beautiful guy - a real tragic loss.”

File photo dated 28/07/99 of Rik Mayall who died this morning, a spokesman for Brunskill Management said today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday June 9, 2014. See PA story DEATH Mayall. Photo credit should read: Matthew Fearn/PA Wire
Rik Mayall who died this morning. Photo: Matthew Fearn/PA Wire
Rik Mayall. Photo: Anthony Harvey/PA Wire
Rik Mayall (left) and Ade Edmondson in 1999. Photo: Justin Williams/PA Wire
Comedian and actor Rik Mayall with his wife Barbara. Photo: Peter Jordan/PA Wire
Mayall photographed in 2011. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
The Young Ones (left to right) Vyvyan played by Adrian Edmondson, Neil played by Nigel Planer, Mike played by Christopher Ryan and Rick played by Rik Mayall. Photo: BBC/PA Wire
Comedian Rik Mayall in January 1985. (Photo by Reg Lancaster/Express/Getty Images)
Rik Mayall. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Blackadder and The Young Ones actor died on 9 June, aged 56, following an “acute cardiac event” at his home in south-west London after a morning run. A post-mortem proved inconclusive.

His wife, Barbara Robbin, whom he married in 1985, said earlier this week that the funeral would be a “private family” event. A memorial service will take place in September.

“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.”

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