Sean Lock, British comedian, Dead at 58. Sean Lock, a British comedian, died at the age of 58 after a long fight with cancer.
On the panel series 8 Out Of 10 Cats and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, the performer was best recognized for his deadpan humor.
His representative reported today that the father of three died of cancer surrounded by his loved ones.
“It is with tremendous sadness that we must announce Sean Lock’s death,” Off The Kerb Productions said in a statement.
He died of cancer at home, surrounded by his loved ones.
Sean was one of the best comedians in the United Kingdom; his infinite originality, quick wit, and absurdist brilliance distinguished him as a singular voice in British comedy.
Sean was a loving husband and father to his three children. Sean will be remembered fondly by those who knew him.
Lock had previously been diagnosed with skin cancer while working as a laborer on a construction site in 1990, but it is unclear if the disease resurfaced.
He recovered completely and has subsequently worked with others to raise awareness about the disease.
Lock’s last public appearance was in a film for the charity Edible London in December.
From the comedy world, tributes have already begun to pour in.
“Brutal news about Sean Lock today,” Jimmy Carr, host of 8 Out Of 10 Cats, remarked. I had a thing for him. I’m currently watching clips of him, both laughing and sobbing. I’ll miss him terribly.”
“I’ve known this day was coming for some time, but it’s no less heartbreaking,” comedian Lee Mack, who was a close friend, said. He is a true original in both comedy and life. I’ll miss him terribly.”
Other British celebrities, like Ricky Gervais, paid tribute to Lock on social media.
Lock’s television career began in 1993 when he co-starred in Newman And Baddiel In Pieces with Rob Newman and David Baddiel.
Lock also had his own BBC Radio 4 show, 15 Minutes Of Misery, and edited the screenplay for the 1998 BBC Two series Is It Bill Bailey?.
Lock portrayed a cynical character named Vince who lived in a tower block with Benedict Wong as his flatmate in the television series 15 Storeys High.
Lock was highly recognized for his stand-up humor, and he received the British Comedy Award for best live stand-up in 2000.
The humorist joined the panel show 8 Out Of 10 Cats in 2005 as a team captain and stayed for 18 seasons.
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