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Fans and comedians have been paying tribute to Sean Lock, after it was announced he had passed away, aged 58.
The comedian was known as one of Britain's finest stand-ups, and was a team captain on 8 Out of 10 Cats and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
He also wrote and starred in the popular BBC sitcom 15 Storeys High.
Earlier this morning (18 August), Lock's agent confirmed that he had died from cancer at home with his family, and social media has been awash with tributes since:
Brutal news about Sean Lock today.- Jimmy Carr (@jimmycarr) August 18, 2021
I loved him. I'm watching clips of him right now - laughing & crying. I'll miss him so much.
I idolised Sean as a comic long before I became a comedian myself and ten years working alongside him didn't diminish that in the least. An incredible comic brain and a truly unique voice. pic.twitter.com/4ZH8HRQrIU
- Jon Richardson (@RonJichardson) August 18, 2021
It's heartbreaking to lose my dearest friend Sean Lock , he was a true original, a wonderful comic. All my thoughts are with his family.
- Bill Bailey (@BillBailey) August 18, 2021
Devastated to hear about Sean Lock. He toured with Newman and Baddiel on our last show together. One of the funniest men I ever knew.
- David Baddiel (@Baddiel) August 18, 2021
Such sad news. RIP the great Sean Lock. One of the funniest, most influential comedians of a generation. A lovely man. :broken_heart:
- Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) August 18, 2021
I wish I had the words to describe the exceptional man that was Sean Lock. But today I don't, and I think he might have liked it that way.
- Susie Dent :blue_heart: (@susie_dent) August 18, 2021
Channel 4 said it had lost one of its 'greatest comedians', who had 'played a huge role on the channel for over two decades'.
Comedian Lee Mack, a close friend of Lock's, said he knew this sad day was coming for a while.
He said: "I've known this day was coming for some time, but it's no less heart-breaking.
"A true original both in comedy and life. I will miss him so much."
Fans have also been paying tribute to the man who has made them laugh so many times down the decades, sharing some of his best moments (some of the clips contains some strong language):
Really sad to hear about Sean Lock, a really funny guy. Embrace every minute folks. pic.twitter.com/mp4x2vNR83
- Colin :m: (@atcolin) August 18, 2021
RIP Sean Lock. Truly one of the funniest comedians out there pic.twitter.com/osaBaTJFyk
- Sam Cooper (@SamCooperFilms) August 18, 2021
This is still one of my favourite moments ever i love sean lock so much :((( pic.twitter.com/M0uJpkgaJv
- abi (@xabinoble) August 18, 2021
Lock leaves behind a wife and three children.
The statement announcing Lock's death, from his agency Off The Kerb Productions, read: "It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Sean Lock.
"He died at home from cancer, surrounded by his family. Sean was one of Britain's finest comedians, his boundless creativity, lightning wit and the absurdist brilliance of his work, marked him out as a unique voice in British comedy.
"Sean was also a cherished husband and father to three children.
"Sean will be sorely missed by all that knew him. We kindly request that the privacy of his family and children is respected at this difficult time."
Topics: UK News