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Family and friends gather to mourn at comedian Rik Mayall's funeral

Lizzie Dearden

Published 19/06/2014 | 21:04

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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. 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
Nigel Planer arrives at St George's church in Dittisham, Devon, for the funeral of Rik Mayall. Nick Ansell/PA Wire
The coffin of Rik Mayall is carried into St George's church in Dittisham, Devon, for 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
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.

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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.”

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.”

(Independent.co.uk)

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