British comedian Sean Lock has died at the age of 58.
The 8 out of 10 cats star passed away following a battle with cancer, his agency, Off the Kerb Productions, said in a statement.
"It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Sean Lock,” said the agency.
"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.”
It noted that he was also a “cherished husband and father to three children”, noting that he will be sorely missed by all that knew him.
Comedian Lee Mack who was a close friend of Lock’s said: "I've known this day was coming for some time, but it's no less heartbreaking.
"A true original both in comedy and life. I will miss him so much."
Rest in peace Sean Lock. A true natural comedian who taught me so much x
— David O'Doherty (@phlaimeaux) August 18, 2021
This is desperately sad news. Such a brilliantly funny man. https://t.co/SINgJqvkFI
— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) August 18, 2021
It’s heartbreaking to lose my dearest friend Sean Lock , he was a true original, a wonderful comic. All my thoughts are with his family.
— Bill Bailey (@BillBailey) August 18, 2021
We are deeply saddened to hear of Sean Lock's passing. Sean was a QI regular right from the first series, and helped to shape the show with his fantastically sharp wit and anarchic good humour. Our thoughts are with his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/BbjiF5jkqb
— Quite Interesting (@qikipedia) August 18, 2021
Lock wrote and starred in a number UK comedy shows throughout his career and was a team captain on 8 out of 10 cats for 18 seasons.
He was also a regular on panel shows like Have I Got News for You, QI, and They Think It’s All Over.