TORONTO — One of the daughters of British comedian Rik Mayall, who died Monday at 56, are paying tribute to “the man, the myth, the legend” on Facebook.
“We will never forget him and neither will the world,” wrote Bonnie Mayall, the actor’s 18-year-old daughter. “My wonderful, generous, foul mouthed and hysterical father.
“My idol now and forever. We love you daddy.”
Mayall, best known as Lord Flashheart on Blackadder and for the 1991 movie Drop Dead Fred, was found Monday morning by wife Barbara Robbin at their home.
No cause of death has been determined. “It is a terrible shock,” said a statement from a spokesperson for Mayall’s family.
Peter Robinson, founder of the Comic Strip troupe that helped launched Mayall’s career, said the comedian’s death was shocking and sudden.
“He’s got a very wonderful family, he was a very loving father,” Robinson told Radio 4. “All I can say is Rik’s had a very happy life.”
Among those remembering Mayall was actor Stephen Fry, who tweeted: “Simply distraught to hear of the death of Rik Mayall. An authentic comedy genius and a prince among men.”
Eric Idle of Monty Python fame tweeted: “Very sad to hear of the passing of Rik Mayall. Far too young. A very funny and talented man.”
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