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Sean Lock died at the age of 58 (Picture: Steve Meddle/Channel 4)

Channel 4 is set to pay tribute to comedy icon Sean Lock after his death, with the broadcaster airing his stand-up comedy special and a classic episode of 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

Comedian Lock died aged 58 from cancer, with tributes pouring in from his fans and friends.

On August 19, a day after the news of Lock’s death was announced, Channel 4 will air the stand-up special Sean Lock: Keep it Light at 10pm, followed at 11pm by a classic episode of 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

All 4 will highlight a collection of Sean’s much-loved TV appearances including 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

In a written statement following the news, Channel 4’s Director of Programmes Ian Katz described Lock as ‘one of the most original voices in comedy and one of the loveliest people too.’

He added: ‘Sean’s bone dry wit helped make 8 Out of 10 Cats one of Channel 4’s best loved shows and we owe him a huge debt of thanks for all the years of laughter and fun.’

Channel 4 added: ‘Sean Lock is a much-loved part of the Channel 4 family and has played a pivotal role on the channel for over two decades. He has brought so much laughter and joy both on and off screen. We will miss him hugely. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very difficult time.’

Lock appeared on 8 Out Of 10 Cats from 2005 to 2015, and on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown from 2012 to 2021.

The news of Lock’s death was announced by his management company, Off The Kerb Productions.

They 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.’

Tributes have come in, with comedian Lee Mack, a close friend of Lock’s, saying: ‘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.’

Lock’s 8 Out of 10 Cats co-star Jon Richardson also paid tribute, sharing his idolisation of the comedian.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘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.’

Credit: Original article published here.

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