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09/06/2014 15:56 BST | Updated 11/06/2014 06:59 BST

Rik Mayall Dead: Stars Including David Walliams, Boy George, Jack Dee And Irvine Welsh Pay Tribute On Twitter

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.

Rik Mayall 1958 - 2014

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