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‘One of the funniest men I ever knew’: Comedy stars lead tributes to Sean Lock

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Fellow comedians and TV stars have paid tribute to Sean Lock, who has died from cancer aged 58.

Lock, best known for panel shows 8 Out Of 10 Cats and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, died at home surrounded by his family, his agent said.

8 Out Of 10 Cats host Jimmy Carr tweeted: “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.”

Countdown’s Dictionary Corner star Susie Dent, who also appears on the post-watershed 8 Out Of 10 Cats version, described Lock as an “exceptional man”.

She tweeted: “I wish I had the words to describe the exceptional man that was Sean Lock. But today I don’t, and I think he might have liked it that way.”

David Baddiel called Lock “one of the funniest men I ever knew”, while Jon Richardson, who appeared on panel shows alongside Lock, said comedy had “lost one of the very best”.

He added: “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.”

Eddie Izzard mourned the loss of Lock by saying: “So sorry to hear this. Farewell Sean, you brought a wonderful comedic talent to the world and you will be missed.”

Comedian Simon Evans called the news “utterly, utterly horrific”.

Scottish stand-up comedian Janey Godley said that being treated to Lock’s humour offstage was “the best experience anyone can have”.