Sad new for British comedy and Bottom fans alike, Rik Mayall has passed away at the age of 56.
Famously known for his role as Rick in The Young Ones, Mayall cemented himself as a respected comedic actor.
He then starred in Bottom with best friend Adrian Edmondson, who was also in The Young Ones and is married to Jennifer Saunders.
He was also famous for his role in Black Adder.
And, of course, he starred in comedy hit Drop Dead Fred.
A statement issued by Mayall’s management said: “We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Rik Mayall who passed away this morning. We will be issuing a further statement in the fullness of time.”