Rest In Peace: Rik Mayall (Star of ‘Drop Dead Fred’)


The world has lost another one of its shining stars.

News is breaking that actor Rik Mayall, known for his starring role in the classic comedy Drop Dead Fred, has passed away at the age of 56. A spokesman for Mayall’s management company confirmed the news to members of the press this morning.

Mayall was the star of many television series during his career, including critically acclaimed appearances on The Young Ones, Blackadder, The New Statesman and Bottom. US audiences will likely know him best from the film Drop Dead Fred, which originally hit theaters in 1991. You can view the trailer for that film below.

Mayall might not have been a household name in recent years, but for people who grew up in the ’80s (and before) this loss is one that hits close to home. Rest in peace, Rik. You will be missed.

James Shotwell

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