I was thunderstruck when I read that Rik had suddenly passed away. He was by far one of the best comedians to emerge in the early 1980's. I remember seeing the first few episodes of the "The Young Ones" and falling out of my chair laughing. That show and "Blackadder" were influential on an entire segment of young people growing up in the early 80's.
"And punks and skins and Rastas will all gather round and all hold their hands in sorrow for their fallen leader!"
God bless him and his family.