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Comedian Sean Lock has passed away at age 58 after a battle with cancer.
Sean last appeared on our TV screens back in February when the 21st season of 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown aired.
Airing from January 14 to February 18, Sean appeared on the popular Countdown and 8 out of 10 cats spin off show, where he was a regular fixture.
In 2005, he was given one of the leading roles on 8 Out of 10 Cats, and spent 10 years on the show.
On February 4, Sean made his final appearance on 8 out of 10 cats does countdown.
Wearing a burgundy suit and appearing slightly thinner than usual, he appeared to be upbeat and happy.
Host of the show Jimmy Carr introduced Sean when he said: "Can I ask you Sean, do you have any celebrity beefs?"
Sean then replied: "Loads, Paloma Faith."
Jimmy asked what his issue with Paloma was, when Sean said: "All I said, all I said was she had a sh*t hat and she's a pound shop Bjork."
He then revolved that he also had beef with Yoko Ono because he wants her to make another album, Nick Knowles because he owed him money, which he hinted was for Nicks 'homemade viagra'.
Sean appeared to be in good spirits, cracking jokes and making everybody laugh throughout the show.
The star is also known for featuring on a number of television and radio programmes, including Have I Got News for You, QI, and They Think It's All Over.
A statement from his agent Off The Kerb Productions told PA: “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.
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“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.”
Before he became a comedian, Sean worked on a building site, which he said attributed to his skin cancer diagnosis in 1990.
Almost a decade later, when he was an established comedian, Sean identified a mysterious black patch of skin on his back.
When he was single a woman who he spent the night with alerted him to the alarming symptom.
In 2010, Sean told the Daily Mail: "Because she noticed something about me that I hadn't.
"She said there was something weird on my 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.
"I had no idea how long it had been there. It didn't hurt or itch, so there was nothing that would have drawn my attention to it.
"Being in the small of my back, it was not something you could easily see while looking in a mirror."
Sean went to see a GP about the patch on his back, and was referred to a dermatologist at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, London.
The dermatologist removed the piece of skin and carried out a biopsy on the sample, which revealed he had malignant melanoma, which is also known as skin cancer.
Sean Lock dead: 8 Out of 10 Cats comedian dies aged 58 from cancer
After his diagnosis, he gave his support to a Sun Awareness event for patients and the public which took place at the same hospital.
At the time he said: “Being sun aware is really important, particularly as a parent. It’s best to prevent sunburn in the first place, but if you have been burnt, and getting dodgy moles checked as soon as possible is vital because skin cancers can spread very quickly.
“I was lucky three times over – first that someone pointed out the lesion on my back, second that I quickly went to get it looked at, and third that I got great treatment from the dermatologists at Guy’s and St Thomas’. Leaving it just three to four months later could have resulted in a very different ending.”
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