A post-mortem into the death of comic Rik Mayall was inconclusive, West London Coroner’s Court has said.
More tests will now be carried out in an attempt to determine how the 56-year-old star died.
Rik, who shot to fame playing poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones, was found dead at his London home on June 9.
His career, which also included roles such as Lord Flashheart in Blackadder and the conniving Conservative MP Alan B’Stard in The New Statesman, stretched back to the start of the alternative comedy scene.
Tributes have flooded in for Rik since his death.
His daughter Bonnie said on Facebook: “My dad was loved not only by my family, but by many many others.
“We will never forget him and neither will the world.
“RIP to the man, the myth, the legend – my wonderful, generous, foul mouthed and hysterical father. My idol now and forever.
“We love you daddy.”
Close friend and long-time collaborator Adrian Edmondson said he felt privileged to have shared good times with him at Manchester University, where the pair studied.
He said: “There were times when Rik and I were writing together when we almost died laughing. They were some of the most carefree stupid days I ever had, and I feel privileged to have shared them with him. And now he’s died for real. Without me. Selfish b*****d.”
Ben Elton, who was also a university friend of Mayall, said: “I owe him so much. He changed my life utterly when he asked me to co-write The Young Ones with him and he was with me on the day I met my wife. He always made me cry with laughter, now he’s just made me cry.”
Another less orthodox tribute – in the form of a makeshift blue plaque – was put up in Hammersmith, west London, reading: “Rik Mayall 1958-2014 Punched his friend in the b*lls on a bench near this spot.”