Never particularly liked the guy's humour, despite it very much being the soundtrack to my youth. 'The Young Ones' was huge when I was about thirteen and my friends used to quote from it with such regularity that I personally felt like, well, finding new friends. Then, in adulthood, 'Bottom' was quite a hit and I went cold again.
In all of this, Mr Mayall suffered a head injury, a serious one. Apparently he suffered with memory troubles, had epilepsy and a few other brain injury related troubles. And now, he's dead, at 56 years of age.
Suddenly I feel like a very lucky man, VERY lucky indeed. His death may not be related to his injury, of course, but either way, 56? Jesus wept. My thoughts are with his family