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British Comedian Rik Mayall-The Young Ones Dead at 56

British Comedian Rik Mayall-The Young Ones Dead at 56

The Young Ones-The Party

Mayall survived a near-fatal quad bike accident in 1998; he was in a coma for five days after the crash, on his farm in Devon, southwest England, and developed epilepsy as a result of the severe head injury he suffered when he was crushed under the bike.

In an interview several years later, he joked that he “beat Jesus” by coming back from the dead after so long. In 2006, he told Britain’s Observer newspaper: “I was dead for five days. Jesus was only dead for three, so I beat him — 17 April 1998 was the day I was sent back from heaven.”  He said the accident left him “more aware of being alive.”

This show will forever remind me of slumber parties in high school (which two of us forced the others to watch) and the cool kid I had a crush on quoting lines all the time.

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