Rik Mayall Funeral: Family Ask Fans For 'Thoughts And Prayers' As They Say Goodbye On Thursday 19 June

Rik Mayall's widow has asked his fans to share their "thoughts and prayers" at 2pm today (Thursday 19 June), as his family say goodbye to him at a private funeral.

The comedian's widow Barbara said: "Knowing the swell of love you all share with us we would like to let you, the fans, know that we will be having a private family funeral for Rik, as I am sure you will understand.

"We will be burying him at 2pm on Thursday June 19 if you would like to join us in thoughts and prayer at this time.

"Thank you again for all your love and support to all our family, it brings great strength."

Rik Mayall with his family, who will be making a private farewell to him on Thursday

Tributes have been pouring in for Rik, who died last week at his home in London, from what Barbara described as "an acute cardiac event".

His World Cup campaign song went into the top ten at the weekend, after a campaign by fans to find a fitting tribute to the star of 'Blackadder', 'The Young Ones', 'Bottom' and 'The New Statesman'.

A public memorial service for the star is expected to take place in September.

Rik Mayall 1958 - 2014