As I’m sure most of you are already aware, today we learnt of the heartbreaking news that Rik passed away this morning at the age of 56.
If you follow us, we’re sure you agree that Rik was without question an absolute comedy legend. His mad, anarchic, and often fabulously egotistical characters such as Lord Flashheart, Richard Richard, Rick (with a silent P), and Drop Dead Fred (to name a few) will undoubtedly live on for many years without him.
Rik’s long-time comedy partner Adrian Edmondson had this to say today:
There were times when Rik and I were writing together when we almost died laughing. They were some of the most carefree stupid days I ever had, and I feel privileged to have shared them with him.
And now he’s died for real. Without me. Selfish bastard.
Messages expressing sadness at Rik’s death have not only flooded our own inbox today, but also news and social media everywhere, making it clear just how much-loved and missed he will be.
Rest in Peace, Rik. You truly were fantastic.