BROADCASTERS Channel 4 will tonight pay tribute to comedian Sean Lock following the shock announcement of his death on August 18.
The TV funny man died aged 58 after a battle with cancer, his agent officially confirmed to fans on Wednesday, August 18.
Leading the tributes, comedian Bill Bailey said: “It’s heartbreaking to lose my dearest friend Sean Lock, he was a true original, a wonderful comic.”
Tonight, Channel 4 will be airing the stand-up special Sean Lock: Keep it Light at 10pm, followed at 11pm by a classic episode of 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
All 4 will be highlighting a collection of Sean’s much-loved TV appearances including 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
In a written statement following the news, Channel 4’s chief creative officer Ian Katz described Sean Lock as “One of the most original voices in comedy and one of the loveliest people too”.
“Sean’s bone dry wit helped make 8 Out of 10 Cats one of Channel 4’s best loved shows and we owe him a huge debt of thanks for all the years of laughter and fun,” he added.
A Channel 4 spokesperson said: “Sean Lock is a much-loved part of the Channel 4 family and has played a pivotal role on the channel for over two decades.
“He has brought so much laughter and joy both on and off screen. We will miss him hugely. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very difficult time.”
Jon Richardson, who appeared opposite Lock as a fellow team captain on 8 Out of 10 Cats, tweeted: “I idolised Sean as a comic long before I became a comedian myself and 10 years working alongside him didn’t diminish that in the least. An incredible comic brain and a truly unique voice.”
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