Sean Lock death – Comedian's cause of death was lung cancer it is revealed as he leaves £3m fortune to wife and family

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

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

Today 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."

It comes as 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 our Sean Lock blog below for the latest updates on his death…

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    8 OUT OF 10 CATS REGULAR JOE LYCETT SAYS HE’LL MISS SEAN LOCK

    Fellow comedian and 8 Out of 10 Cats regular Joe Lycett tweeted: “The Sean Lock news has made me very sad.

    “Of course his stand-up and panel show work was exemplary but 15 Storeys High is a truly beautiful thing.

    “I’ll really miss working with him and trying to make him laugh. A sad day for comedy.”

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    BILL BAILEY PAYS TRIBUTE TO SEAN LOCK'S STRENGTH

    Bill Bailey also paid tribute to Lock's "strength".

    He told ITV News: "A lot of comics are talking about the fact that he inspired them to become comedians.

    "He was the one that gave them the strength and courage to carry on as comedians – it's a tough business.

    "He was fearless and determined and that's what gave them strength."

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    BILL BAILEY REVEALS SEAN LOCK DIED OF LUNG CANCER AFTER BATTLING THE DISEASE 'FOR A FEW YEARS'

    Bill Bailey has revealed Sean Lock died of lung cancer after a lengthy battle with the disease that lasted "a few years".

    The 8 Out of 10 Cats and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown star passed away this week aged 58 surrounded by his family.

    Fellow comedian Bailey has now told how Lock was given the devastating lung cancer diagnosis a few years ago.

    He 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 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.

    "He's amazingly courageous and tough individual who was mentally strong throughout the whole time. I'm just grateful for the time we have had together."

    Read more here.

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    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.

    Sean Lock fans have called for "The Tiger who Came for a Pint" book to be publishedCredit: Channel 4
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    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

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    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.

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    COMEDY WORLD MOURNS DEATH OF ‘ONE OF THE VERY BEST’ SEAN LOCK

    The world of comedy has paid tribute to “one of the very best” following the death of Sean Lock aged 58 on Wednesday.

    The TV star and comedian died from cancer at home surrounded by his family, a statement from his agent Off The Kerb productions said.

    Jon Richardson, who was a team captain alongside Lock on Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, led tributes to the 15 Storeys High star.

    Richardson tweeted: “I idolised Sean as a comic long before I became a comedian myself and ten years working alongside him didn’t diminish that in the least. An incredible comic brain and a truly unique voice.”

    In a second tweet, he wrote: “I’m devastated for his family today and sad for comedy that we have lost one of the very best. Undisputed, undefeated, carrot in a box champion. I will miss him.”

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    BBC QUIZ SHOW QI JOINS IN TRIBUTES TO SEAN LOCK

    Quiz show QI has paid tribute to regular panellist Sean Lock on Twitter.

    The tweet said: “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.”

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    SEAN LOCK ‘COULD MAKE YOUR CHEEKS HURT FROM LAUGHING’ SAYS PUNDIT GABBY LOGAN

    Presenter Gabby Logan, who has appeared alongside Sean Lock on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, paid tribute to the comedian “who could make your cheeks ache from laughing”.

    She said on Twitter: “Just awful to hear the news about Sean Lock, I was lucky enough to watch his genius comedy up close when appearing on 8/10 Cats a good few times.”

    She added: “Love and light to all of his family and friends.”

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    LEE MACK ON ‘TRUE ORIGINAL’ SEAN LOCK’S TALENT

    Comedian Sean Lock has been remembered by friend Lee Mack as a “true original both in comedy and life”.

    Lock, known for his surreal content and deadpan style, died of cancer at the age of 58, a statement from his agent Off The Kerb Productions said.

    Well-known as 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 BBC sitcom 15 Storeys High.

    Comedian Mack 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.”

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    CO-STAR ROSIE JONES DESCRIBES SEAN LOCK AS 'ONE OF THE KINDEST MEN'

    Rosie Jones, a comedian who has appeared with Sean Lock on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, has said he was was the "kindest man" after it was announced that he had died of cancer.

    She wrote on Twitter: "Sean was a comedic giant and one of the kindest men.

    "His comic mind was incomparable and his rants were exquisite.

    "He had time for everyone, and treated me exactly the same, from when I was a researcher to when I became an overly excitable teammate. I'll miss you Sean."

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    IN PICTURES: SEAN LOCK TAKES PART IN MALDON MUD RACE IN 2011

    Pictures from 2011 have emerged of Sean Lock taking part in the Maldon Mud Race in Essex.

    Famous and non famous faces alike ended up covered in mud after the mucky annual event.

    Watched by more than 10,000 spectators, the 250 participants in the wacky event raced each other 50-yards (457m) across the mud filled bed of the River Blackwater.

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    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.”

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    SEAN LOCK'S FINAL INSTAGRAM POST SAW THE COMEDIAN LOOKING HAPPIER THAN EVER

    Sean Lock's final Instagram post sees the comedian looking happier than ever as he spends time in nature.

    The 8 Out Of 10 Cats star has died from cancer at the age of 58.

    The comedian was, who best known for his role as a team captain on Jimmy Carr's Channel 4 comedy panel show, last shared a snap on the social media site 51 weeks ago.

    He posed with a woman in the snap – who appeared to work at Go Ape – enjoying some fresh air.

    "Always good to get outside!" the comedian wrote next to it.

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    EXPLAINED: WHAT DID CHANNEL 4 SAY ABOUT SEAN LOCK'S DEATH?

    Channel 4 bosses – who worked with Sean for more than 20 years – also paid tribute to the comic.

    A statement read: “Incredibly sad to learn of the loss of one of our greatest comedians, Sean Lock.

    “A much loved part of the C4 family he’s played a huge role on the channel for over 2 decades, and we’ll miss him. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

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    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.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    8 OUT OF 10 CATS REGULAR JOE LYCETT SAYS HE’LL MISS SEAN LOCK

    Fellow comedian and 8 Out of 10 Cats regular Joe Lycett tweeted: “The Sean Lock news has made me very sad.

    “Of course his stand-up and panel show work was exemplary but 15 Storeys High is a truly beautiful thing.

    “I’ll really miss working with him and trying to make him laugh. A sad day for comedy.”

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    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.

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    JASON MANFORD ‘GLAD’ TO HAVE SENT LAST MESSAGE

    Jason Manford wrote on Twitter that he was glad to have spoken to Sean before he passed.

    Jason also wrote: “If you’ve a friend who’ve you not spoken to for a while, drop them a message and check in. It could be the last time.”

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    JIMMY CARR IN TEARS AT PAL SEAN LOCK’S DEATH AS HE POSTS HEARTBREAKING TRIBUTE

    Taking to Twitter following the news breaking, Jimmy wrote:  “Brutal news about Sean Lock today. I loved him. I’m watching clips of him right now – laughing & crying.

    “I’ll miss him so much.”

    He shared a link to a YouTube video of American musician Warren Zevon singing Keep Me In Your Heart, with Carr saying: “I can’t find the words but this says it.”

    The lyrics of the song include: “If I leave you it doesn’t mean I love you any less. Keep me in your heart for a while.”

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    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.”

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    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.”

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    STATEMENT FROM AGENT

    His 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.

    “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.”

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