An open letter to the family and friends of Rik Mayall

Dear Barbara, Rosie, Sid, Bonnie and the rest of your family,


I am so sorry to hear of your loss at the beginning of this week.  I’m not someone who normally writes to complete strangers, but I know what it’s like to lose a father, it’s something that you can’t really comprehend happening, even when faced with a terminal illness as mine was, let alone so suddenly as yours was taken.


I have been really saddened by the news of the death of Rik.  I hope that you have been heartened by the out pouring of love, appreciation and profanity that the news of his death has brought.  I know I certainly would be and it was nice to hear from friends of my dad that I’d never met who had kind words to say about him and how he’d helped them through difficult times.

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