Comedian Sean Lock has passed away, aged 58 3 months ago

Comedian Sean Lock has passed away, aged 58

"Sean was one of Britain's finest comedians..."

Comedian Sean Lock has passed away, aged 58.

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Lock, who was best known for his work on Channel 4's 8 Out Of 10 Cats, died this week following a battle with cancer.

Lock's agent confirmed the news today, stating: "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."

Friend and fellow comedian Lee Mack paid tribute to Lock today, calling his passing "heartbreaking." He said: "A true original both in comedy and life. I will miss him so much."

John Bishop also paid his respects to Lock and his family, saying: "I am shocked and saddened at the news of the loss of Sean Lock. He was a brilliant comedian but more importantly he was a great person on so many levels. He will be missed hugely."

Lock was a long time team captain on 8 Out Of 10 Cats and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown with Jimmy Carr. He appeared on the show's first 18 series alongside other team captains including Jason Manford and Jon Richardson.

Lock also made regular appearances on other comedy panel shows including Have I Got News For You, QI, and The Big Fat Quiz of the Year.

Lock began his comedy career in the 1990s and soon began hosting and producing many series for Channel 4. He was named Best Live Comic at the British Comedy Awards in the year 2000.