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Mayall died from heart attack after jogging, wife reveals

Edward Malnick

Published 13/06/2014 | 02:30

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Rik Mayall was described as a 'creative fountain' by his 'Damo & Ivor' co-star Norma Sheahan. Photo: Matthew Fearn/PA Wire
Rik Mayall was described as a 'creative fountain' by his 'Damo & Ivor' co-star Norma Sheahan. Photo: Matthew Fearn/PA Wire
Rik Mayall: took ill after run
File photo dated 16/12/11 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: Ian West/PA Wire
Mayall photographed in 2011. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Rik Mayall suffered "an acute cardiac event" following a morning run, his wife has said.

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Barbara Mayall said the comic actor had just returned from his regular jog when he was taken seriously ill at their home.

Their family have received "thousands and thousands of messages of condolence" from around the world since his death on Monday.

"We always knew that Rik was well loved but we are all overwhelmed by so many joining us in our grief," Mrs Mayall said.

She spoke as it emerged that a World Cup song Mayall wrote four years ago could top the music charts less than a week after his death, as a result of an online campaign by fans.

Mayall, who had suffered seizures as the result of a head injury he received 16 years earlier, died suddenly on Monday, aged 56.

His wife had previously suggested that an epileptic fit could have been a possible cause of death.

However, yesterday she said: "We now know that our darling Rik suffered an 'acute cardiac event' at our home around midday on June 9.

"He had just returned from his usual run and many people had seen him that morning."

Mrs Mayall thanked the press "for their discretion" and "all the wonderful coverage", adding: "It would have made him very happy."

She added: "I am sure that you all know Rik's response would be something along the lines of.....'well thanks very much all of you........now f*** off!!!"'

West London Coroner's Court said a post-mortem examination carried out on yesterday had revealed that he had suffered an "acute cardiac event" but failed to produce the "conclusive" cause of his death.

A spokesman said that it was now likely to be days "or most probably weeks" before a "conclusive result" was reached. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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