Known this day was coming Heartbroken Lee Mack speaks out on co-star Sean Locks death

Sean Lock gives comical obituary response in 2016

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Lee Mack, 53, has paid tribute to his fellow comedian and good friend Sean Lock following news of his tragic death from cancer at the age of 58. Lee, who has appeared alongside Sean on panel shows including 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, where he was a guest captain, revealed he had known about the comedian’s illness for “some time”.

He went on to share that despite knowing about Sean’s cancer diagnosis, the news of his death is “no less heart-breaking”.

Not Going Out star Lee said in a statement: “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 concluded.

The comedian’s agent confirmed today he had died from cancer.

In 2007, Sean performed a gig at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust after vowing to raise awareness about the disease following his battle with skin cancer.

The star was previously diagnosed with the disease in 1990 before he rose to fame as a comedian. 

He got skin cancer while he worked as a labourer on a building site and went on to make a full recovery at the time.

 

Sean was a team captain on Jimmy Carr’s Channel 4 comedy panel show 8 Out Of 10 Cats.

Jimmy recently took to Twitter to pay tribute to his co-star in view of his 6.6 million followers.

He penned: “Brutal news about Sean Lock today. 

“I loved him. I’m watching clips of him right now – laughing & crying. 

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“I’ll miss him so much.”

A statement from 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 leaves behind his wife Anoushka and their two daughters and one son.

One of the comedian’s first TV appearances came in 1993, when he starred opposite Rob Newman and David Baddiel on their TV show Newman And Baddiel In Pieces.

He went on to script-edit the 1998 BBC Two series, Is It Bill Bailey? before landing his own show on BBC Radio 4 called 15 Minutes Of Misery, which was then expanded into his TV series, 15 Storeys High.

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