Sean Lock death – Tributes from Jimmy Carr and Lee Mack as comedian's cause of death revealed to be cancer
18th August 2021

COMEDIAN Sean Lock has tragically died from cancer aged 58.

The star was well-known for appearing on 8 Of 10 Cats and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

His agent confirmed today the dad-of-three had passed away from cancer surrounded by his family.

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.

Comedian Lee Mack, who was a close friend, paid tribute 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."

Read our Sean Lock blog below for the latest updates on his death…

  • Milica Cosic

    TRAGIC SEAN LOCK SEEN IN FINAL PUBLIC VIDEO BEFORE HE DIED AGED 58 SURROUNDED BY HIS FAMILY

    The comedian, much loved for his roles in 8 Out Of 10 Cats and hit spin off 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, was seen in a video shared on Instagram by food charity Edible London in December.

    Wearing a black turtle-neck jumper, Sean – who previously battled skin cancer in 1990 – looked thinner than he has in previous years.

    In the clip, Sean introduces himself as "that bloke off the telly who's name you can't remember". 

    He urged viewers to "check out" the charity's website, as it launched a crowdfunder to combat food poverty in the UK.

    It comes as a picture showing his last public outing has emerged.

    Read the article in full here.

    This is the tragic last video of comedian Sean Lock
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    SEAN LOCK BRAVELY SPOKE ABOUT CANCER BATTLE 30 YEARS AGO (CONTINUED…)

    He was diagnosed with skin cancer following a one-night stand in his 20s.

    "She noticed something about me that I hadn't," he said.

    "She said there was something weird on my back.

    "I asked her what it looked like and she said it was a patch of skin which was black, misshapen, with a crusty texture and about the size of a 10p piece.

    "I had no idea how long it had been there."

    Doctors who diagnosed him in 1990 said that if he had booked an appointment four months later, the cancer may well have been incurable.

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    SEAN LOCK BRAVELY SPOKE ABOUT CANCER BATTLE 30 YEARS AGO – BUT ONLY CLOSE PALS KNEW

    The 58-year-old revealed he had suffered skin cancer in 1990 and warned the public about the dangers of not wearing sunscreen.

    Fellow comic Lee Mack said today he'd known of the 8 Out Of 10 Cats star's illness for "some time".

    And Jonathan Creek actor Alan Davies said Lock had "quietly wrestled" with his diagnosis.

    Read more here.

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    COMEDY PEDIGREE

    Lock was born in Woking, Surrey, and left school in the 1980s before taking jobs as a builder.

    He began his career in comedy in 1993 when he starred alongside Rob Newman and David Baddiel on their signature TV show Newman And Baddiel In Pieces.

    Lock also edited the script for the 1998 BBC Two series, Is It Bill Bailey? and had his own show on BBC Radio 4 called 15 Minutes Of Misery.

    This was later expanded into TV series 15 Storeys High, where Lock played a cynical character called Vince who lived in a tower block with Benedict Wong as his flatmate.

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    SUSIE DENT LOST FOR WORDS

    The countdown regular took to Twitter to pay her respects to the comedian.

    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."

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    HOW HE DISCOVERED HE HAD CANCER

    Sean Lock was diagnosed with skin cancer following a one-night stand in his 20s.

    "She noticed something about me that I hadn't," he said.

    "She said there was something weird on my back.

    "I asked her what it looked like and she said it was a patch of skin which was black, misshapen, with a crusty texture and about the size of a 10p piece.

    "I had no idea how long it had been there."

    Doctors who diagnosed him in 1990 said that if he had booked an appointment four months later, the cancer may well have been incurable.

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    PIERS MORGAN PAYS TRIBUTE TO SEAN LOCK AFTER COMEDIAN SAID HE WANTED HIS ‘ASHES SPREAD IN TV HOSTS’S EYES’

    He made light of the jibe as he joined celebrities in paying their respects to the 8 Out of 10 Cats star following his death.

    Piers shared one of the comic's funniest lines: "If I could have my ashes spread anywhere I wanted, I'd have them spread in Piers Morgan's eyes."

    The 56-year-old added: "RIP Sean Lock."

    Controversial TV presenter Piers was the butt of Sean's jokes a number of times in the past.

    Writing for The Times in 2010, Sean said: "If Piers Morgan were funny, how pleased he’d be with himself.

    "He’s the smuggest man on the planet already.

    "All he does is sit down and breathe.

    "If he could tell jokes, he’d get the first smug-induced hernia."

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    KIND WORDS

    His agent continued “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.”

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    JASON MANFORD REVEALS HEARTBREAKING FINAL MESSAGE HE SENT TO SEAN

    JASON Manford has revealed the heartbreaking text he sent to comedian Sean Lock days before his tragic death from cancer.

    It was revealed today that the 8 Out Of 10 Cats star has died aged 58 after a lengthy battle with the disease.

    Jason, 40, who was a team captain on the show with Sean told fans on Twitter shared his final message to the comic and actor.

    It read: “Hi Sean, hope you and your family are doing okay. Did Countdown last week and missed having you there.

    “I often think back to my days on Cats with you & how much I appreciated working with you, the buzz I’d get on the rare occasion something I said would make you laugh! 😂.

    “Anyway, just wanted to check in and wish you and your family all the best. Love of love and hopefully see you soon. Jason.”

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    JASON MANFORD REVEALS HEARTBREAKING FINAL MESSAGE HE SENT TO SEAN

    JASON Manford has revealed the heartbreaking text he sent to comedian Sean Lock days before his tragic death from cancer.

    It was revealed today that the 8 Out Of 10 Cats star has died aged 58 after a lengthy battle with the disease.

    Jason, 40, who was a team captain on the show with Sean told fans on Twitter shared his final message to the comic and actor.

    It read: “Hi Sean, hope you and your family are doing okay. Did Countdown last week and missed having you there.

    “I often think back to my days on Cats with you & how much I appreciated working with you, the buzz I’d get on the rare occasion something I said would make you laugh! 😂.

    “Anyway, just wanted to check in and wish you and your family all the best. Love of love and hopefully see you soon. Jason.”

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    WHO WAS SEAN LOCK?

    Born in Woking, Surrey on April 22, 1963 the comedy star left school in the early 1980s and began working on building sites before switching to stand-up comedy.

    The TV star, known for his surreal content and deadpan style, was a team captain on Jimmy Carr’s Channel 4 comedy panel show 8 Out Of 10 Cats and spin-off 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

    He also wrote and starred in the popular BBC sitcom 15 Storeys High.

    Sean also appeared on other panel shows including Have I Got News for You, QI, and They Think It’s All Over.

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    WHAT TYPE OF CANCER DID HE HAVE?

    It was revealed that Sean had died following a battle with cancer.

    He revealed he had skin cancer previously.

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    8 OUT OF 10 CATS FORMER TEAM CAPTAIN JON RICHARDSON PAYS TRIBUTE

    Jon Richardson, Sean’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats fellow team captain, said: “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.”

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    CHANNEL 4 STATEMENT

    Channel 4 bosses – who worked with Sean for more than 20 years – also paid tribute to the comic.

    A 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.”

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    JIMMY CARR PAYS TRIBUTE

    Taking to Twitter following the news breaking, Jimmy wrote:  "Brutal news about Sean Lock today. I loved him. I'm watching clips of him right now – laughing & crying.

    "I'll miss him so much."

    He shared a link to a YouTube video of American musician Warren Zevon singing Keep Me In Your Heart, with Carr saying: "I can't find the words but this says it."

    The lyrics of the song include: "If I leave you it doesn't mean I love you any less. Keep me in your heart for a while."

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    SEAN PICTURED DOING WHAT HE DID BEST

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    PIERS MORGAN PAYS TRIBUTE TO SEAN LOCK AFTER COMEDIAN SAID HE WANTED HIS ‘ASHES SPREAD IN TV HOSTS’S EYES’

    He made light of the jibe as he joined celebrities in paying their respects to the 8 Out of 10 Cats star following his death.

    Piers shared one of the comic's funniest lines: "If I could have my ashes spread anywhere I wanted, I'd have them spread in Piers Morgan's eyes."

    The 56-year-old added: "RIP Sean Lock."

    Controversial TV presenter Piers was the butt of Sean's jokes a number of times in the past.

    Writing for The Times in 2010, Sean said: "If Piers Morgan were funny, how pleased he’d be with himself.

    "He’s the smuggest man on the planet already.

    "All he does is sit down and breathe.

    "If he could tell jokes, he’d get the first smug-induced hernia."

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    TRAGIC SEAN LOCK SEEN IN FINAL PUBLIC VIDEO BEFORE HE DIED AGED 58 SURROUNDED BY HIS FAMILY

    The comedian, much loved for his roles in 8 Out Of 10 Cats and hit spin off 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, was seen in a video shared on Instagram by food charity Edible London in December.

    Wearing a black turtle-neck jumper, Sean – who previously battled skin cancer in 1990 – looked thinner than he has in previous years.

    In the clip, Sean introduces himself as "that bloke off the telly who's name you can't remember". 

    He urged viewers to "check out" the charity's website, as it launched a crowdfunder to combat food poverty in the UK.

    It comes as a picture showing his last public outing has emerged.

    The Channel 4 star is seen walking near to his London home in 2018.

    Sean's agent today confirmed that the dad-of-three passed away from cancer surrounded by his loving family, as friends reveal he had 'quietly wrestled with illness'.

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    HOW HE DISCOVERED HE HAD CANCER

    Sean Lock was diagnosed with skin cancer following a one-night stand in his 20s.

    "She noticed something about me that I hadn't," he said.

    "She said there was something weird on my back.

    "I asked her what it looked like and she said it was a patch of skin which was black, misshapen, with a crusty texture and about the size of a 10p piece.

    "I had no idea how long it had been there."

    Doctors who diagnosed him in 1990 said that if he had booked an appointment four months later, the cancer may well have been incurable.

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    SEAN LOCK BRAVELY SPOKE ABOUT CANCER BATTLE 30 YEARS AGO – BUT ONLY CLOSE PALS KNEW ABOUT TERMINAL ILLNESS

    COMEDIAN Sean Lock bravely spoke out about battling cancer 30 years ago – but only close pals knew the disease had returned.

    The 58-year-old revealed he had suffered skin cancer in 1990 and warned the public about the dangers of not wearing sunscreen.

    It is not known which cancer the 8 Out Of 10 Cats star died of today, but his close celeb friends suggested he knew his illness was terminal.

    Fellow comic Lee Mack said today he'd known of the 8 Out Of 10 Cats star's illness for "some time".

    And Jonathan Creek actor Alan Davies said Lock had "quietly wrestled" with his diagnosis.

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    SUSIE DENT LOST FOR WORDS

    The countdown regular took to Twitter to pay her respects to the comedian.

    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."

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    SEAN LOCK HAS DIED FROM CANCER

    Comedian Sean Lock has tragically died from cancer aged 58.

    The star was well-known for appearing on 8 Of 10 Cats and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

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    RICKY GERVAIS PAYS TRIBUTE TO COMEDIAN

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    FAMOUS FACE

    Lock was also praised for his comedy and won the gong for best live stand-up at the British Comedy Awards in 2000.

    In 2005, the comic became a team captain on panel show 8 Out Of 10 Cats and went on to appear for 18 series.

    Guests on the show included Alan Davies, Johnny Vaughan, David Mitchell, Bill Bailey, Johnny Vegas and Nick Hancock.

    He also made appearances on panel shows including Have I Got News for You, QI, and They Think It’s All Over.

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    COMEDY PEDIGREE

    Lock was born in Woking, Surrey, and left school in the 1980s before taking jobs as a builder.

    He began his career in comedy in 1993 when he starred alongside Rob Newman and David Baddiel on their signature TV show Newman And Baddiel In Pieces.

    Lock also edited the script for the 1998 BBC Two series, Is It Bill Bailey? and had his own show on BBC Radio 4 called 15 Minutes Of Misery.

    This was later expanded into TV series 15 Storeys High, where Lock played a cynical character called Vince who lived in a tower block with Benedict Wong as his flatmate.

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