Sean Lock has died aged 58 (Picture: Channel 4)
Sean Lock’s Channel 4 colleagues have paid tribute to ‘one of our greatest comedians’, following the star’s death aged 58.
Lock’s agent confirmed that the comic has died from cancer, with a statement reading: ‘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.’
Channel 4 issued a tweet, honouring the work Lock did on shows for the channel, like 8 Out Of 10 Cats, for over two decades.
The channel’s statement read: ‘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.’
Susie Dent, who worked on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown with Lock, also shared a poignant tribute to her colleague.
She tweeted: ‘I wish I had the words to describe the exceptional man that was Sean Lock. But today I don’t, and I think he might have liked it that way.’
Fellow panellist Jon Richardson tweeted: ‘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.
‘I’m devastated for his family today and sad for comedy that we have lost one of the very best. Undisputed, undefeated, carrot in a box champion. I will miss him.’
Lock had been a team captain on 8 Out of 10 Cats since 2005, and remained on the show for 18 series.
Fans have been sharing their favourite moments from the show on social media in his memory.
Sean was a staple of Channel 4 (Picture: Matt Squire / Channel 4)
As well as other panel shows including Have I Got News for You, QI, The Last Leg, They Think It’s All Over and The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, Lock received critical acclaim for his comedy series 15 Storeys High, which aired from 2002 until 2004.
The show, in which he played pessimistic tower block resident Vince, grew from his BBC Radio 4 segment 15 Minutes of Misery.
Between 2006 and 2007 he also hosted Channel 4 series, TV Heaven, Telly Hell, in which he invited celebrities, including Alan Davies, Johnny Vaughan, David Mitchell, Bill Bailey, Johnny Vegas and Nick Hancock, to share their own selection of TV’s triumphs and tragedies.
Speaking at the time, Lock told the PA news agency, he said: ‘I think one of my all-time favourite shows is Catchphrase with Roy Walker. I loved it. I used to like Roy’s restraint, because, for a comedian, the opportunity to take the mick out of some of the ridiculous answers could have been too hard to resist.’
Most recently, he starred in an episode of the BBC comedy Mandy, going on a date with Diane Morgan’s character.Credit: Original article published here.