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Sean Lock death – Comedian 'left family £3M' as friend Bill Bailey says he 'laughed until end' before lung cancer death

COMEDIAN Sean Lock's cause of death was lung cancer, his friend Bill Bailey revealed.

The Eight Out of 10 cats legend passed away earlier this week surrounded by family, sparking tributes from across the world of comedy.

Close friend Bill Bailey told ITV: "He had been diagnosed with lung cancer a few years ago and it was at the time quite a blow, particularly when it was quite advanced.

'We've tried to make the most of the last few years. We spent a lot of time together and went on trips together. And he's continued to work."

Bailey also paid tribute to Lock's "strength" saying: "He was fearless and determined and that's what gave them strength."

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

  • Joseph Gamp

    CELEBRITIES AND FANS PAY TRIBUTE TO A ‘BRILLIANT COMEDIAN’

    A statement from his agent 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.”

    Fellow comedian and close friend Lee Mack led tributes, he said: “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.”

    Richard Osman who worked with Sean on 8 Out Of 10 Cats said: “Over 15 years producing ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’ Sean Lock made me laugh so much and so often. A unique and brilliant comic voice. Love to his family and his many friends.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    EXPLAINED: 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.

  • Joseph Gamp

    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.

  • Joseph Gamp

    AGENT’S TRIBUTE TO SEAN LOCK

    Sean’s 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.

    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.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    SEAN LOCK ONCE TOOK A JOB AS A GOAT HERDER ON A FRENCH FARM

    Sean Lock once spent six weeks working at a French farm as a goat herder, before moving on to a kibbutz in Israel.

    Fans remembered the star's eclectic working life in their tributes, with one saying on Twitter: "Here's to #SeanLock, a great comedian and a fantastic goat herder!"

    He would not start his career as a comedian until 1993 when he joined the series Newman and Baddiel in Pieces.

  • Joseph Gamp

    SEAN LOCK LEFT £3MILLION FORTUNE TO HIS FAMILY

    Sean Lock has left his family a fortune of around £3million after his tragic cancer death.

    The comedian passed away this week aged 58 after a long battle with cancer.

    Annual accounts for his Sean Lock Ltd company had cash reserves of just over £1million.

    Documents posted on Companies House last month also show he had total assets – including property worth £350,000 – of £2.8million.

    The dad-of-three, who starred on 8 Out of 10 Cats and 8 Our of 10 Cats Does Countdown, is also said to have earned more than £1million in 2019.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    SEAN LOCK FANS CALL FOR HIS SPOOF ‘TIGER WHO CAME FOR A PINT’ BOOK TO BE PUBLISHED IN HONOUR

    Sean Lock fans are urging publishers to release copies of the comedian’s take on children’s book The Tiger who Came to Tea to raise money for charity.

    Sean’s joke became one of his most-popular moments on spin-off 8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown and clips have been widely shared by supporters online.

    In it, Sean’s tiger protagonist longs for “a pint that packs a punch like Stella or Kronenbourg” to “wash down the zookeeper he’d just eaten”.

    The book continues: “He liked the atmosphere of Wetherspoons. Plus he was barred from the King’s Head for mauling the darts team.

    “The tiger drank his pint quietly beside the quiz machine. Soon, what with the beer, fags and flame-grilled McCoy’s, he’d spent all his money. But he didn’t half have a thirst on.”

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    DAVID MITCHELL PAYS TRIBUTE TO SEAN LOCK

    Comedian David Mitchell, who also appeared on 8 Out Of 10 Cats with Sean Lock, said he was "very shocked and sad" to hear of his death.

    In a tweet, he added: "It was always a privilege and inspiration to work with him.

    "The world should have had many years more of his hilarious creativity. RIP."

  • Joseph Gamp

    EDDIE IZZARD REMEMBERS ‘BEAUTIFULLY SURREAL’ COMEDY OF SEAN LOCK

    Eddie Izzard has paid tribute to the “beautifully surreal” comedy of Sean Lock, following his death at 58, saying: “His legacy lives on forever.” The 8 Out Of 10 Cats star died surrounded by his family after a battle with cancer and tributes from the world of comedy have flooded in.

    Comedian Izzard told the PA news agency: “I think Sean Lock started in comedy at almost exactly the same time as me, so we were contemporaries.

    “I do this weird, surreal stuff, but his stuff was beautifully surreal and I was kind of jealous of what Sean could do, because his mind jumped around. I don’t know if he wrote but he must have sat down and written some stuff, but it would flash across and come up with such crazy imagery.

    “He does beautiful, surreal imagery, but he also goes to a dark or impish place, which you wouldn’t expect or most audiences are not expecting, and I encourage people to go online – ‘Sean Lock’, put that into Google and look up his best bits on YouTube and you will see his work and especially on the panel games, you can see that he’s just riffing.

    “He’s riffing, and he’s going to this place and people are just falling out and other comedians are falling about. That is the thing. you’re trying to get other comedians laughing and that’s what he could do. He could go to places we weren’t expecting anyone to go to.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHO IS SEAN LOCK’S WIFE ANOUSHKA NARA GILTSOFF?

    Anoushka Nara Giltsoff was born in February 1973, making her nearly a decade younger than her husband, who was born in April 1963.

    It’s not known when the couple officially married or even when they first got together.

    It’s not known what Anoushka did for work before meeting Sean, but it’s believed that after they were married she mostly focused on raising their children and supporting Sean’s stand-up career before his death in August 2021.

    The couple preferred to keep their family life under wraps, and Anoushka largely stayed out of the spotlight despite her husband’s success.

    The couple share three kids, all of which are under the age of 18. Their first daughter was born in 2004, followed by another in 2006. Sean and Anoushka then had a third child in 2009. Not much is known about their children.

  • Joseph Gamp

    HOW COMIC DISCOVERED CANCER AFTER A ONE-NIGHT STAND 30 YEARS AGO BEFORE BECOMING A HOUSEHOLD NAME

    Lock had only been dabbling in comedy for a couple of years when a woman, known simply as “Tina”, spotted “something weird” on his 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,” Lock told the Daily Mail in 2010.

    His GP referred him immediately to a dermatologist who confirmed the suspect skin was in fact a malignant melanoma.

    Medics successfully removed the cancer – but warned that it would have almost certainly spread if it had been spotted later.

    “’I never saw Tina again, but if I happen to bump into her, the first thing I’ll tell her is that she saved my life,” Lock added.

  • Milica Cosic

    SEAN LOCK'S BEST JOKES: FUNNIEST LINES FROM THE 8 OUT OF 10 CATS DOES COUNTDOWN COMEDIAN

    Comedian Sean Lock sadly passed away earlier this week at the age of 58 after a battle with cancer.

    Lock was well known for his deadpan comedic style on Jimmy Carr’s Channel 4 comedy panel show 8 Out Of 10 Cats, and the spin-off series 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

    One of this greatest lines was: "I’d like to be more in tune with other people’s feelings… so I can pinpoint their weaknesses and go for them more effectively when I do.”

    Another classic has to be: “I’m not sure what my biggest fear is. It’s either me saying yes to Strictly… or them saying no.”

  • Milica Cosic

    CELEBRITIES AND FANS PAY TRIBUTE TO A 'BRILLIANT COMEDIAN' (CONTINUED…)

    Other comedians express their shock. 

    John Bishop tweeted: "I am shocked and saddened at the news of the loss of Sean Lock. He was a brilliant comedian but more importantly he was a great person on so many levels . He will be missed hugely."

    Close friend Billy Baily tweeted: "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."

    Ricky Gervais said: "Such sad news. RIP the great Sean Lock. One of the funniest, most influential comedians of a generation. A lovely man."

  • Milica Cosic

    CELEBRITIES AND FANS PAY TRIBUTE TO A 'BRILLIANT COMEDIAN'

    A statement from his agent 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."

    Fellow comedian and close friend Lee Mack led tributes, he said: “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.”

    Richard Osman who worked with Sean on 8 Out Of 10 Cats said: "Over 15 years producing '8 Out Of 10 Cats' Sean Lock made me laugh so much and so often. A unique and brilliant comic voice. Love to his family and his many friends."

  • Milica Cosic

    SEAN LOCK: ‘MUCH LOVED’

    Lock appeared on Jimmy Carr’s Big Fat Quiz of the Year alongside James Corden in 2006 and also performed a gig at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

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

    Lock is married to Anoushka Nara Giltsoff and the pair have two daughters born in 2004 and 2006 and a son born in 2009 together.

    Channel 4 said in a statement: “Incredibly sad to learn of the loss of one of our greatest comedians, Sean Lock”, the channel wrote on Twitter.

    “A much loved part of the C4 family he’s played a huge role on the channel for over two decades, and we’ll miss him.

    “Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

  • Milica Cosic

    AGENT’S TRIBUTE

    Sean’s 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.

    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.”

  • Milica Cosic

    SEAN'S 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.

  • Milica Cosic

    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.

  • Milica Cosic

    SEAN LOCK LEFT £3MILLION FORTUNE TO HIS FAMILY

    Sean Lock has left his family a fortune of around £3million after his tragic cancer death.

    The comedian passed away this week aged 58 after a long battle with cancer.

    Annual accounts for his Sean Lock Ltd company had cash reserves of just over £1million.

    Documents posted on Companies House last month also show he had total assets – including property worth £350,000 – of £2.8million.

    The dad-of-three, who starred on 8 Out of 10 Cats and 8 Our of 10 Cats Does Countdown, is also said to have earned more than £1million in 2019.

    Read more here.

  • Milica Cosic

    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.

  • Milica Cosic

    WHO IS SEAN LOCK’S WIFE ANOUSHKA NARA GILTSOFF?

    Anoushka Nara Giltsoff was born in February 1973, making her nearly a decade younger than her husband, who was born in April 1963.

    It’s not known when the couple officially married or even when they first got together.

    It’s not known what Anoushka did for work before meeting Sean, but it’s believed that after they were married she mostly focused on raising their children and supporting Sean’s stand-up career before his death in August 2021.

    The couple preferred to keep their family life under wraps, and Anoushka largely stayed out of the spotlight despite her husband’s success.

    The couple share three kids, all of which are under the age of 18. Their first daughter was born in 2004, followed by another in 2006. Sean and Anoushka then had a third child in 2009. Not much is known about their children.

  • Milica Cosic

    JACK WHITEHALL SAYS WORLD ‘IS A LESS FUNNY PLACE’ WITHOUT SEAN LOCK

    Following Sean Lock’s passingm comedian Jack Whitehall tweeted: “So sad about Sean Lock. He was such a special comedian.

    “One of the quickest, most naturally witty people I’ve ever worked with. World’s a less funny place without him. RIP.”

  • Milica Cosic

    SEAN LOCK ‘SPENT HIS FINAL MONTHS IN A HOSPICE’ (CONTINUED…)

    The star was best known for his deadpan humour as he appeared on panel shows 8 Out Of 10 Cats and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

    His friend and fellow comedian Harry Hill said Lock had called him from a hospice a few months ago, the Telegraph reported.

    Hill – a former doctor – said: “He struggled with [the illness] – he went through all the same emotions anyone in that position would experience. But he was stoical about it.

    “Because he was so bright, he read up on all the latest treatments. He knew much more about that side of medicine than I ever did.”

  • Milica Cosic

    SEAN LOCK ‘SPENT HIS FINAL MONTHS IN A HOSPICE’ BEFORE DYING AT HOME AGED 58 AND WAS ‘LAUGHING UNTIL THE END’

    SEAN Lock spent his final months in a hospice before dying at home and was “laughing until the end”, his friends said.

    Comedian Lock, 58, died yesterday following a lengthy battle with can. His friend and fellow comedian Harry Hill said Lock had called him from a hospice a few months ago, the Telegraph reported.

    Hill – a former doctor – said: “He struggled with [the illness] – he went through all the same emotions anyone in that position would experience. But he was stoical about it.

    “Because he was so bright, he read up on all the latest treatments. He knew much more about that side of medicine than I ever did.”

    Bill Bailey, one of Lock’s closest friends, said he kept his sense of humour even as his health was rapidly declining, saying: “Even in his last few days, we were still having a laugh, still joking, still coming up with ideas. We had great conversations. I brought in my guitar and sang him his favourite Johnny Cash songs.”

  • Milica Cosic

    EXPLAINED: 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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