Rik Mayall Tribute Appears on Hammersmith Broadway

Blue plaque links to his TV show Bottom set in Hammersmith

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An English Heritage style blue plaque paying tribute to comedian Rik Mayall has appeared on Hammersmith Broadway following his sudden death on Monday June 9.

The words on the "True English Heritage" plaque are a reference to the TV show Bottom, which starred Rik and his comedy partner Ade Edmondsen and the QR code links to a YouTube clip of the show's opening sequence.

The clip was filmed in Hammersmith, including a bench on Hammersmith Bridge Road, and the series centred on a hopeless pair living in a flat in Hammersmith.

You can see the full opening clip here.

Rik's wife Barbara has said that the 56 year-old comedian died of "an acute cardiac event" after returning to the family home in Barnes from his regular morning run and added that she and his three daughters had received "thousands and thousands of messages of condolence" from around the world.

"We always knew that Rik was well loved but we are all overwhelmed by so many joining us in our grief," she said.

There is now a social media campaign to boost Rik's World Cup song Noble England. It was recorded for the 2010 World Cup but failed to chart, but it is now poised to enter the top ten and fans are hoping it will reach the number one spot.

In 1998, Rik suffered a near-fatal quad bike crash which left him with epilepsy, and fans are also raising money in his memory for the brain damage charity Headway. You can read about this campaign here.

June 13, 2014