A spokesman for his management company confirmed to The Press Association that he died this morning.
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The English comedian, actor and writer was probably best known and loved for his comedy partnership with Adrian Edmondson and his over-the-top, brash portrayal of characters Rick in 'The Young Ones', Richie in 'Bottom' and Alan B'Stard in 'The New Statesman'.
He was left seriously ill following a quad bike accident in 1998 at his home in Devon, which left him in a coma for several days, but he was working until recently.
Click the video above for 15 of his most memorable - and funniest - moments.