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Comedian Sean Lock has passed away at just 58-years-old, the star was best known for his time on Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats which is hosted by Jimmy Carr and other comedy panel shows.

Sean regularly featured on the Channel 4 comedy show and was previously diagnosed.

In 2005, he was given one of the leading roles on 8 Out of 10 Cats, and spent 10 years on the show.

The star is also known for featuring on a number of television and radio programmes, including Have I Got News for You, QI, and They Think It's All Over.

A statement from his agent Off The Kerb Productions told PA: “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.”

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.”

Before he became a comedian, Sean worked on a building site, which he said attributed to his skin cancer diagnosis in 1990.

He blamed his over-exposure to the sun for getting the deadly disease, but made a full recovery and focused on a career in comedy.

In 1993, he made one of his first professional TV appearances when starring on Newman And Baddiel In Pieces.

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