British comedian Sean Lock passed away at the age of 58 after battling cancer, his agents confirmed on Wednesday. Famous for his deadpan style, the comedian was a regular team captain on Channel 4’s comedy show 8 Out Of 10 Cats hosted by Jimmy Carr. He had also appeared on Stephen Fry’s QI, Have I Got News For You and co-hosted The Big Fat Quiz Of The Year alongside James Corden in 2008, as part of a decades-long career on television.
“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,” reads a statement from Lock’s agency Off The Kerb Productions. “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.”
The award-winning comedian was diagnosed with skin cancer in 1990, which he attributed to overexposure to the sun during his days working as a builder. The comedian’s passing comes as a shock to the comedy industry with his fellow comedians and colleagues mourning his death.
Lock’s close friend and 8 Out Of 10 Cats regular Lee Mack paid tribute to him. “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,” he said in a statement.
“Such sad news. RIP the great Sean Lock,” Ricky Gervais tweeted. “One of the funniest, most influential comedians of a generation. A lovely man.”
Remember the comedian and his unique humour with this clip.