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09/06/2015 08:39 BST | Updated 09/06/2015 08:59 BST

Rik Mayall Death Anniversary: One Year Since Young Ones Star Passed Away

It’s been a year since comedian and actor Rik Mayall died unexpectedly aged 56.

The star, who shot to fame playing poetry-writing anarchist Rick in The Young Ones, was a father-of-three whose career included appearances in shows including Blackadder, Bottom and The New Statesman.

Mayall suffered an "acute cardiac event" after returning from a morning run, his widow Barbara said. Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Ben Elton and Ruby Wax were among those who attended his funeral in Dittisham.

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We miss you, Rik

Friends of Mayall said he had never fully recovered following his quad bike accident in 1998, which left him in a coma for five days.

His daughter Bonnie, 18, paid a moving tribute to her father 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.

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“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.”

RIP Rik, we’re still thinking of you.

Rik Mayall 1958 - 2014

Rik Mayall 1958 - 2014