Rik Mayall’s post-mortem to take place on Thursday

A post-mortem is expected to be carried out on Thursday to establish how comic and actor Rik Mayall died, West London Coroner’s Court said.

The star, who rose to fame playing poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones, died aged 56 at his London home this week.

A spokeswoman for the court said: “The death has been referred to the West London Coroner and I understand a post-mortem examination may be carried out tomorrow (Thursday June 12).”

An inquest may then be scheduled depending on the post-mortem result.

Tributes have flooded in for Rik since his death on Monday with his daughter Bonnie describing him as her ‘generous, foul mouthed and hysterical father’.

Writing on Facebook, she said: “My dad was loved not only by my family, but by many many others. We will never forget him and neither will the world. R.I.P to the man, the myth, the legend – my wonderful, generous, foul mouthed and hysterical father. My idol now and forever.

“We love you daddy.”

He is likely to feature in this weekend’s top 40 after Noble England, a track he recorded for the 2010 World Cup which failed to chart, was backed by fans on social media sending it to number 38 in the midweek sales chart.

His Comic Strip Presents… colleague Peter Richardson, whose son was one of the last people to see the actor alive, said he was happy and healthy in the hours before his death.

Peter, who directed Rik in a series of TV shows, told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme his son saw him around half an hour before he died.

He said: “He was happily chatting away and it was very quick and we still don’t quite know what happened, but it was a seizure of some sort.”

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