Late comedian Rik Mayall's wife Barbara has broken her silence following the Drop Dead Fred star's sudden death on Monday (09Jun14), revealing the family has been "overwhelmed" by the support of his fans.
The official cause of Mayall's death is expected to remain a mystery for weeks, but his wife has revealed the actor suffered "an acute cardiac event" after a morning run.
And now his wife has released a statement thanking fans for their condolences and prayers.
She says, "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!'"
Meanwhile, Mayall's daughter Bonnie has taken to Facebook to pay tribute to her dad, writing, "My dad was loved not only by my family, but by many many others. We will never forget him and neither will the world. Rip to the man, the myth, the legend. My idol now and forever. We love you daddy."
Mayall is expected to hit the U.K. pop charts this weekend (15Jun14) thanks to a social media campaign to get his lost World Cup anthem, Noble England, in the Top 40.