Rik Mayall (right) starred in "The Young Ones" in the 1980s. ©All Rights Reserved

Rik Mayall (right) starred in “The Young Ones” in the 1980s.
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(LONDON-AFP) – British actor and Rik Mayall, who found fame in the cult 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.

He also appeared in “Blackadder” alongside Rowan Atkinson, as a cynical politician in “The New Statesman” and was reunited with his “Young Ones” co-star Ade Edmondson in “Bottom”.

In 1998, he survived a potentially fatal accident on a quad bike, but he had been working until recently.

The cause of his death was not immediately given.