The Irish stand-up comedian Sean Hughes has died aged 51.
Hughes died in Whittington Hospital, north London from a cardiac arrest, after being admitted with liver cirrhosis, according to the Evening Standard.
The star has been described as a “formidable comedian” who will be remembered for his “superb wit and quite brilliant imagination” by his former agent, Richard Bucknall.
“He will be missed,” said Bucknall in a statement.
The comedian is perhaps best-known as a team captain on BBC 2’s “Never Mind the Buzzcocks” where he starred alongside Phill Jupitus and Mark Lamarr. He also had his own sitcom “Sean’s Show” on Channel 4 in 1992.
At 24, Hughes was the youngest person to win the Perrier Award in 1990.
— RBM Comedy (@RBMComedy) October 16, 2017
The last twitter post he wrote on Oct. 8 consisted of just two words: “In hospital”.
He leaves behind two brothers, Alan and Martin.
Nica Burns, director of the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, said: “He was a huge talent, a really good comic, instinctive timing from day one and a very good writer.”
Tributes for the star, who was also an actor and writer, poured in on social media.
“Terribly sad news about Sean Hughes” wrote Al Murray.
Terribly sad news about Sean Hughes.
— Al Murray (@almurray) October 16, 2017
Sports broadcaster Des Cahill described him as a “great comedian”.
Sad news. RIP Sean Hughes, aged 51. Great comedian. pic.twitter.com/3sc3zWzVdQ
— Des Cahill (@sportsdes) October 16, 2017
Katy Brand remembered him as a “brilliant comedian.”
Very sad news about Sean Hughes. A brilliant comedian. #RIP
— Katy Brand (@KatyFBrand) October 16, 2017
Jason Manford said he was a “brilliant comic and a lovely bloke.”
Very sad to hear about Sean Hughes. A brilliant comic and a lovely bloke. RIP.
— JasonManford (@JasonManford) October 16, 2017
Novelist and playwright Irvine Welsh described him as a “witty, gracious, kind and gentle soul” and said she “was lucky to enjoy his company on a few occasions over the years.”
Film critic John Maguire quoted Hughes, saying he was: “a funny man. ‘I saw my brother fight at the National Stadium. It was at a Depeche Mode concert.'” RIP Sean Hughes.”
Television presenter Jake Humphrey also quoted one of Hughes’s jokes in his tribute: “I thought when I was 41, I would be married with kids. Well, to be honest I thought I would be married with weekend access”.