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8 out of 10 Cats star Sean Lock has sadly died at the age of 58, after losing his battle with cancer. The comedian, who was a Captain on the Channel 4 show hosted by Jimmy Carr, was a fan favourite of the series and also appeared on the spin-off, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
A statement released by his agent at Off the Kerb Productions said: “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.”
Sean, who grew up in Surrey, and is survived by his wife Anoushka Nara Giltsoff and their three children, two daughters and a son.
The comedian's friend and co-star Jason Manford revealed that he had messaged the star a few weeks before he passed, saying: "I texted him couple of weeks ago and I’m now so glad I did. If you’ve a friend who’ve you not spoken to for a while, drop them a message and check in. It could be the last time. RIP Sean".
I texted him couple of weeks ago and I’m now so glad I did. If you’ve a friend who’ve you not spoken to for a while, drop them a message and check in. It could be the last time. RIP Sean ❤️ pic.twitter.com/lePue0mRYw
— Jason Manford (@JasonManford) August 18, 2021
Channel 4 also released a statement about the devastating loss of their colleague saying:
Incredibly sad to learn of the loss of one of our greatest comedians, Sean Lock. A much loved part of the C4 family he’s played a huge role on the channel for over 2 decades, and we’ll miss him. Our thoughts are with his family and friends pic.twitter.com/HrT6mjZLjT
— Channel 4 (@Channel4) August 18, 2021
Celebrities, fellow comedians and colleagues have taken to social media to express their sadness over the star's tragic passing, who was an industry titan in the world of comedy.
Ricky Gervais tweeted, "Such sad news. RIP the great Sean Lock. One of the funniest, most influential comedians of a generation. A lovely man." While other stars also paid tribute to the brilliant funny man:
Such sad news. RIP the great Sean Lock. One of the funniest, most influential comedians of a generation. A lovely man. 💔
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) August 18, 2021
The genius of Sean Lock. https://t.co/2k2rMPFO5z
— David Walliams HQ (@davidwalliams) August 18, 2021
Sad news about Sean Lock. Funny on stage, hilarious off. We met in 1988 right at the start of our stand up careers. I hadn’t seen him in recent years as he quietly wrestled with illness but I feel very sad today for Anoushka and their children. RIP Locky.
— Alan Davies (@alandavies1) August 18, 2021
Over 15 years producing '8 Out Of 10 Cats' Sean Lock made me laugh so much and so often. A unique and brilliant comic voice. Love to his family and his many friends #RIPSean
— Richard Osman (@richardosman) August 18, 2021
I’m absolutely gutted about this. So heartbroken for his wife and children. One of the funniest men I’ve ever worked with and I used to adore occasionally making him laugh on my first proper telly job, 8 Out of 10 Cats. RIP mate xx https://t.co/bQu2gl3CFX
— Jason Manford (@JasonManford) August 18, 2021
Very sad to hear about Sean Lock. I only got to work with him a few times, which was always exciting because I’d been such a huge fan when I was growing up. He was a jaw droppingly talented comedian. One of the very best
— Elis James (@elisjames) 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
This is desperately sad news. Such a brilliantly funny man. https://t.co/SINgJqvkFI
— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) August 18, 2021
The hastag #SeanLock is now trending on Twitter, with tributes from fans of the show flooding in on social media following the terrible announcement:
Wow ! Rest in peace #SeanLock , he always made me laugh , absolutely gutted 😪
— El Dazlo (@DSchmullen) August 18, 2021
Desperately sad news. #SeanLock was one of those comedians who always made people laugh. He never seemed to have the proverbial ‘bad day at the office’. Thoughts are with his family https://t.co/UGHKpxkacx
— ChrisMaguire (@editor_Maguire) August 18, 2021
Devastated about the death of #seanlock
Flicking through comedy channels he was the one I would always stop to watch. A one off. Would love to have met him.
— Stephen Fletcher (@SteFletcher1) August 18, 2021
#seanlock genuinely one of the funniest guys ever RIP
— Luke Mitchell (@LukeMitchellCFC) August 18, 2021
Our thoughts are with Sean's family at this terribly sad time.
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