Rik Mayall, star of 'Drop Dead Fred' and 'The Young Ones,' dead at 56

June 9, 2014 4:02 PM

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Rik Mayall, star of 'Drop Dead Fred' and 'The Young Ones,' dead at 56

The British comic actor was injured in a 1998 quad bike accident that left him in a coma for several days, but he otherwise worked steadily in TV and movies for more than 30 years.

British comedy actor Rik Mayall, best known on this side of the pond for his romp as the titular imaginary friend in the 1991 comedy “Drop Dead Fred,” died Monday morning, his management team announced.

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