Monday 16 September 2019

Hugely-popular Irish comedian and actor Sean Hughes dies aged 51

Tributes have been pouring in for the Never Mind the Buzzcocks star

Sean Hughes
Sean Hughes

Aoife Kelly and Amy Molloy

Irish comedian Sean Hughes has died at the age of 51, his management company has confirmed.

The comedian was believed to have been suffering from cirrhosis of the liver and died in London's Whittington Hospital.

Hughes was born in London but grew up in Firhouse, Dublin.

He began playing The Comedy Store in 1987 and in 1990 when he as 24 he became the youngest comedian to ever win the Perrier Award.

Comedian Sean Hughes.
Comedian Sean Hughes.

On TV he was best known for his own sitcom Sean's Show and his long-running stint on Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

As well as being an established comedian, he also made several appearances as an actor in his career, including a minor role in the cult 1991 movie The Commitments.  He also appeared on ITV's The Last Detective and Coronation Street.

His last tweet to his 49,000 followers on October 8 simply read, 'In hospital'.

Speaking to the Irish Examiner in 2015, he said he gave up his spot on Never Mind the Buzzcocks because he felt it was getting repetitive.

“I was so proud of Sean’s Show. I wanted that to be my legacy,” he said. “The more I did the Buzzcocks, the more people were coming up to me, ‘Eh, I saw you on the Buzzcocks.’ I certainly didn’t want to be remembered as the guy on the Buzzcocks."

Tributes have been pouring in on Twitter, led by fellow comedian Jason Manford who wrote, "Very sad to hear about Sean Hughes. A brilliant comic and a lovely bloke. RIP."

Actress Victoria Smurfitt said, "No Sean Hughes can't be gone. A gentleman. #rip too bloody young" while Al Murray tweeted that it was "terribly sad news".

Comedian Richard Herring said: “Sean Hughes. What a punch in the soul that is.”

Jack Dee tweeted: "Very sad to hear about Sean Hughes. Started on the circuit with him back in the day. RIP."

Irvine Welsh added, "Sad to hear about Sean Hughes. Was lucky to enjoy his company on a few occasions over the years. A witty, gracious, kind and gentle soul."

Irish comedian Aisling Bea tweeted, "So sad. RIP Sean Hughes - a wonderfully silly, anarchic & hilarious comic. I always enjoyed the mad tangents our conversations would take."

Irish writer Paul Howard said, "Irish comedy in the 1990s. Linehan and Mathews were Lennon and McCartney to me. D'Unbelievables were the Kinks. But Sean Hughes was Elvis."

Des Bishop wrote, "Sad to hear about Sean Hughes. Great comic and a lovely man" and shared a link to some of Sean's stand-up.

Omid Djalili‏ said: “Deeply saddened to hear Sean Hughes died this morning aged 51. Very talented comic, loved & respected. Will miss u dearly my friend.”

Sarah Millican praised Hughes as a “very funny man”, and said that “he was the first comic I ever saw live”.

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.”

Actress and model Gail Porter said she was “so so sad to hear about Sean Hughes”.  She added: “Worked with him many times and he was so incredibly funny.”

Noel Fielding tweeted, "Thanks for all the laughs Sean x rest in peace brother x x x"

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