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'Young Ones' Star Rik Mayall Dead at 56


By Tim Kenneally

Rik Mayall, who played would-be anarchist Rick on the 1980s British sitcom "The Young Ones," died Monday, according to media reports. He was 56.

The BBC reports that Mayall died at his London home. No cause of death was given, though TMZ reports that foul play is not suspected.

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Mayall, whose other television roles included "Blackadder," "The New Statesman" and "Bottom," was married with three children.

Mayall's management team has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment.

On the big screen, Mayall starred opposite Phoebe Cates in the 1991 comedy "Drop Dead Fred," as well as "Guest House Paradiso."

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"The Young Ones" featured Mayall and his comedy partner Adrian "Ade" Edmondson, in a story about four undergraduate students who shared a house. Edmondson played violent punk Vyvyan, while Nigel Planer played hippie Neil and Christopher Ryan played suave-but-shady Mike. After airing on BBC2, the series gained popularity in the United States when it aired as one of MTV's early examples of non-music programming.

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