This is a July 28, 1999 file photo of British comedian Rik Mayall.(AP Photo/ Matthew Fearn/PA)
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British comedian and actor Rik Mayall, who found fame in the cult TV series "The Young Ones", died on Monday aged 56, his management company said.The star, whose portrayal of the puerile anarchist Rick in BBC's "The Young Ones" endeared him to a generation of viewers in the 1980s, became one of Britain's best-known comic actors. In 1998, Mayall survived a potentially fatal accident on a quad bike, but he had been working until recently.Speaking about the accident last year, Mayall said he had been kept alive on a life-support machine for five days and doctors were considering turning it off when he began to show signs of life. Paying tribute, "Blackadder" producer John Lloyd said Mayall was "just extraordinary".BBC director of television Danny Cohen said Mayall was "a truly brilliant comedian".
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