We are deeply saddened to report that Rik Mayall, who portrayed the character of Peeves in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, has died at age 56. His death was confirmed today by his manager, but there is no information about the cause as of yet.
It is a terrible shock. All we know at this stage is that Rik died at home.
He touched many lives, and always for the better.
Back in 1998, the actor was involved in a quad bike accident, which put him in a coma for several days.
Some of the Harry Potter cast members have been posting their tributes on Twitter, a few of which you can view below:
Very sad news that Rik Mayall has died. A comic hero of mine. A HP highlight for me was when I sat next to him at the 1st cast read through
— James Phelps (@James_Phelps) June 9, 2014
— Devon Murray (@DevonMMurray) June 9, 2014
Very sad to hear Rik Mayall has died. One of my favourite comedic actors.
— Oliver Phelps (@OliverPhelps) June 9, 2014
Deeply deeply saddened to hear of the death of Rik Mayall. He was a lovely man, and was the best Peeves The Poltergeist we never saw. #RIP
— Chris Rankin (@chrisrankin) June 9, 2014
I worked with Rik twice and he was everything I’d hoped and more. Painfully funny and the nicest guy. RIP
— Sean Biggerstaff (@Seanchuckle) June 9, 2014
“So, all the fellows hate me, eh? Not a bit of it. I’m your bloody hero, eh, old scout?” Yes, Flashheart, you really were. #RIPRikMayall
— Matthew Lewis (@Mattdavelewis) June 9, 2014
Blood hell – very sad news that Rik Mayall has died aged only 56 – what a legend- #RIP
— Rohan Gotobed (@Rohan_Gotobed) June 9, 2014
Although his scenes were cut from the final product of Sorcerer’s Stone, we’d still like to pay our respects to the late actor and share our sympathy with his loved ones at such a tragic time. Mayall is mostly remembered for his comedic roles in The Young Ones, Bottom, Blackadder, and Drop Dead Fred.
What were your favorite Rik Mayall roles? Would you have loved to have seen his scenes as Peeves? Let us know in the comments below.