Stars of the entertainment world have been paying tribute to Rik Mayall, who has died at the age of 56.
A spokesman for the comedian, actor and writer - who shot to fame playing Rick in 'The Young Ones' - confirmed he had died this morning.
'Britain's Got Talent' star David Walliams led the tributes on Twitter, saying it was Rik who had inspired him to become a comedian.
Other tributes followed from the likes of former Radio 1 presenter Chris Moyles, singer Boy George and author Irvine Welsh.
Rik is survived by his wife Barbara and three children.
I am heartbroken that my comedy idol growing up Rik Mayall has died. He made me want to be a comedian... https://t.co/7DAUgjbX9i— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) June 9, 2014
So shocked to hear about Rik Mayall. A wonderfully funny icon of British comedy.— Jack Dee (@TheRealJackDee) June 9, 2014
Last time I saw him he grabbed my crotch and said 'Not eaten yet then?" So sad.. Funniest man of his generation— bob mortimer (@RealBobMortimer) June 9, 2014
Oh no. Awful news about Rik Mayall- a fireball of creative comic energy and inspiration. Such brilliant raw talent. http://t.co/OdAJgjMgnu— Rory Bremner (@rorybremner) June 9, 2014
Oh no. My favorite "Young One" Rik Mayall has died. Watching him was one of my best memories of being a teenager.— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) June 9, 2014
Rik Mayall spread a lot of fun and laughter. Very sad to see him taken before his time.— Irvine Welsh (@WelshIrvine) June 9, 2014
Growing up there was no one funnier ! We will really miss you Rik Mayall you genius x pic.twitter.com/tm0wcPcwcU— noel fielding (@noelfielding11) June 9, 2014
Goodbye Rik Mayall. What a funny fucker you were.— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) June 9, 2014
Just had to write Rik Mayall's obituary for tomorrow's Times. Cried like a baby all the way through.— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) June 9, 2014
'Flash by name... Flash by nature' RIP Rik Mayall xx— caroline flack (@carolineflack1) June 9, 2014
Such upsetting news about Rik Mayall. The Young Ones kept our family sane in the 80s. #RIP— Lauren Laverne (@laurenlaverne) June 9, 2014
Very sad about Rik Mayall. :((
I grew up on the Young Ones in OZ and Bottom
Comedy genius..... Sad times— Peter Andre (@MrPeterAndre) June 9, 2014