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'Drop Dead Fred' Star

Sudden and Mysterious Death at 56

6/9/2014 8:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Rik Mayall DeadThe guy who played "Drop Dead Fred" in the 90s cult classic film passed away at home in England this morning ... and, so far, the cause of death is a mystery to his family.

Rik Mayall -- a huge comedic star in the U.K. -- was at home with family members when he died this morning ... but his rep says they're all puzzled about why it happened. 

We're told the actor -- who was only 56 -- was not ill ... but his rep added they don't suspect foul play.

"Drop Dead Fred" was bashed by critics, but still became a financial success. Mayall was never able to score a second hit in the U.S. -- even though he's a big deal across the pond. He starred in several successful sitcoms there.

Mayall was married with 3 children.

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Lisa    

RIP Rik :(

86 days ago
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Lucky Lucy    

Drop Dead Fred is one of my favorite movies! RIP Rik. Thanks for the laughs.

86 days ago
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sunshine611    

To heck with the critics! I loved Drop Dead Fred! COBWEBS!!! (My favorite part) RIP Rik

86 days ago
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Banksy    

It takes more than a firetruck to stop drop dead Fred -RIP

86 days ago
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Fyre    

I just referred to the "Cobwebs" yesterday. :(

86 days ago
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Yurra Knutz    

R.I.P.

86 days ago
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Kobe_No_Means_No    

WHO???

Right Said Fred??!!!

86 days ago
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tdave    

Also, Rick (with a silent "P") from "The Young Ones"

86 days ago
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KCS    

Many of us Yanks never saw the brilliant political satire, "The New Statesman" but I sure did. It remains one of the best and most hilarious series of all time. Mayall is absolutely ****ing BRILLIANT as the star of this one. RIP Rik - such brilliance gone. Heartbreaking. :-(

86 days ago
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Kevin    

Thankyou TMZ for not going with

"Drop Dead" Star Drops Dead

(I'm sure you were tempted.)

86 days ago
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JackieMichele    

Loved this movie as a kid. So sad....

86 days ago
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myopinion    

R.I.P. I have never heard of him until today.

86 days ago
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Robin    

Such sad news and a real shock, he was only 56. I loved Rik Mayall in The Young Ones and he and Ade Edmondson were a perfect pairing.

For me, he will always be Lord Flashheart from Blackadder - and very pleased to see me!

RIP.

86 days ago
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barb    

RIP Rik. You were one funny mutha!

86 days ago
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cmde26    

That's sad! I love drop dead Fred, but he did go out the way I want to...making plans the next day instead of sitting in a hospital.

86 days ago
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