DROITWICH actor and comedian Rik Mayall's widow Barbara Mayall, has thanked fans for their messages of condolence, following his sudden death earlier this week, issuing a statement on behalf of herself and Mr Mayall's three children

She said: "We now know that our darling Rik suffered an ‘acute cardiac event’ at our home around midday on June 9th.

"He had just returned from his usual run and many people had seen him that morning.

"I, Rosie, Sid, Bonnie and the many in our extended family who have received the thousands and thousands of messages of condolence from all over the UK and beyond these shores would like to say thank-you to each and every one of you for your heartfelt love and support.

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

"I am sure that you all know Rik’s response would be something along the lines of…..’ well thanks very much all of you………….now F**K OFF!!!!’