Rik Mayall, who played "The People's Poet" Rick on The Young Ones passed away today. Here's an obit with more details. He also was supposed to be Peeves the Poltergeist in the Harry Potter movies, but that apparently was not to be, which is too bad since he would have been perfect.
I'd become a fan of his from The Young Ones, and watched several other of his vehicles, but I had no idea just how popular he was in England until the youtubes showed up. He always sounded thoughtful and well spoken, quite unlike the hypocritical leftie he played on The Young Ones ("call the police!" "But Rick, they're fascists." "Never mind about that now, Neil!") which of course was what made him brilliant.
I'll post a video of some Rick's (spelled with a silent "P") best stuff in a bit. Prepare to laugh and thank him for giving us great comedy moments. He will be missed.