Tributes to Irish comedian Sean Hughes following his death aged 51
Tributes have been paid to Irish comedian Sean Hughes who has died at the age of 51.
His management company confirmed the stand up star passed away on Monday.
Hughes was known for appearing on shows including Never Mind the Buzzcocks, as well as having roles in The Last Detective and Coronation Street.
He also has a small role in the 1991 Irish hit film The Commitments.
The star, who was born in London but grew up in Dublin, last sent a tweet on October 8 saying he was in hospital.
Comedian Jason Manford was among one of the first to pay tribute to Hughes, writing on Twitter: "Very sad to hear about Sean Hughes. A brilliant comic and a lovely bloke. RIP."
Very sad to hear about Sean Hughes. A brilliant comic and a lovely bloke. RIP.— Jason Manford (@JasonManford) October 16, 2017
Fellow Irish comedian Dara O Briain said: "Ah, that is very sad news. That's no age. One of the Irish comedy trailblazers in the UK."
Ah, that is very sad news. That's no age. One of the Irish comedy trailblazers in the UK. https://t.co/N8XTny8CCM— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) October 16, 2017
Hughes' career kick started in the 1980s when he performed at The Comedy Store in London.
In 1990 he became the youngest ever winner of the Perrier Comedy Award for his Edinburgh Festival show A One Night Stand With Sean Hughes.
His Channel 4 sitcom Sean's Show was nominated for a British Comedy Award in 1992.
Nica Burns, the 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. He will be missed."
Following news of his death, a number of famous faces paid tribute to the star on social media:
Terribly sad news about Sean Hughes.— Al Murray (@almurray) October 16, 2017
So sad about Sean Hughes. Such an engagingly funny man.— David Schneider (@davidschneider) October 16, 2017
Very sad to hear about Sean Hughes. Started on the circuit with him back in the day. RIP.— Jack Dee (@TheRealJackDee) October 16, 2017
Oh god, Sean Hughes died, how very sad— Jenny Eclair (@jennyeclair) October 16, 2017
So so sad to hear about Sean Hughes. Worked with him many times and he was so incredibly funny.— Gail Porter (@Gailporter) October 16, 2017
So sad. RIP Sean Hughes - a wonderfully silly, anarchic & hilarious comic. I always enjoyed the mad tangents our conversations would take.— Aisling Bea (@WeeMissBea) October 16, 2017
RIP Sean Hughes so so sad, will always remember the fun times we had.— Sue Cleaver (@Sue_Cleaver) October 16, 2017
For Seanie x pic.twitter.com/TJHsKpqohD— Adam Hills (@adamhillscomedy) October 16, 2017
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