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Rik Mayall died of a heart attack, says wife

The comedian was found dead at his London home on Monday.

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THE WIFE OF late comedian and actor Rik Mayall has said he died of a heart attack following a morning run.

The Young Ones actor and father of three was found dead in his London home on Monday, aged 56.

The Independent reports that a post-mortem examination yesterday proved inconclusive.

However Mayall’s wife Barbara Robbin released a statement confirming that the comedian died of a heart attack:

We now know that our darling Rik suffered an ‘acute cardiac event’ at our home around midday on 9 June. He had just returned from his usual run and many people had seen him that morning.

Rik Mayall death Rik Mayall and Barbara Robbin in 1993 PA Wire / Press Association Images PA Wire / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

She also thanked her husband’s fans for the messages of condolence, and the press for the ‘wonderful coverage’ they gave Rik:

We always knew that Rik was well loved but we are all overwhelmed by so many joining us in our grief. 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**k off!”

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