Fellow 8 Out Of 10 Cats stars Jimmy Carr and Jon Richardson have posted emotional tributes to the late Sean Lock, and it has led to an outpouring of love and support for the comedian on Twitter.
Jimmy Carr was the host of the show, and called the news of Sean’s death “brutal.”
“I loved him,” he said in an emotional tweet. “I’m watching clips of him right now – laughing and crying. I’ll miss him so much.”
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.
— Jimmy Carr (@jimmycarr) August 18, 2021
Jon Richardson, who was the longest serving panellist on 8 Out Of 10 Cats with Sean, tweeted that he “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” and that he was “an incredible comic brain and a truly unique voice.”
“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,” he said.
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.
— Jon Richardson (@RonJichardson) August 18, 2021
Following the tweets, Twitter has been inundated with emotional tributes to the beloved comedian from celebrities and fans alike, with Sean Lock trending on Twitter for hours.
Over 15 years producing '8 Out Of 10 Cats' Sean Lock made me laugh so much and so often. A unique and brilliant comic voice. Love to his family and his many friends #RIPSean
— Richard Osman (@richardosman) August 18, 2021
Such sad news. RIP the great Sean Lock. One of the funniest, most influential comedians of a generation. A lovely man. ????
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) August 18, 2021
It’s heartbreaking to lose my dearest friend Sean Lock , he was a true original, a wonderful comic. All my thoughts are with his family.
— Bill Bailey (@BillBailey) August 18, 2021
Sean Lock will forever be one of the greatest comedians the UK has ever produced. A painfully funny comic and a beautifully brilliant man. Share your favourite Sean Lock moments today on Twitter. Thanks for all the laughs Sean, you are truly wonderful ????
— Jaack (@Jaack) August 18, 2021
Sean Lock; A brilliant comedian, obviously, but just a genuinely hilarious guy too and one of the soundest guys in comedy, from when I first started to when we last had a laugh together. Very sad news.
— Kevin Bridges (@kevinbridges86) August 18, 2021
The highest compliment that you can pay Sean Lock is that he made it all look so effortless, that the wit he had was clearly so natural that if he wasn't up on stage telling jokes he would been saying the exact same things to his mates at work or his friends at the pub. RIP.
— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) August 18, 2021
Many shared their favourite moments of his comedy.
One of the many great Sean Lock moments ingrained into my mind is when he gets to speak on the first 8 Out Of 10 Cats episode after news of Jimmy Carr's tax scandal broke.
What an immense presence and talent, may he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/YLAEIr5UYD
— jacob! (@LongMacVampyr) August 18, 2021
Miles Jupp and Sean Lock together always has me in stitches pic.twitter.com/WiLPUIdsTG
— Mike Hughes (@MikeHughes_) August 18, 2021
Sean Lock was once asked on 8 Out Of 10 Cats how he’d define himself…his response was predictably hilarious.
— Tom Hourigan (@TomHourigan) August 18, 2021
Sean Lock on Thatcher remains undefeated. RIP pic.twitter.com/Y6b07lcrEk
— ' (@honeymcel) August 18, 2021
RIP Sean Lock. Truly one of the funniest comedians out there pic.twitter.com/osaBaTJFyk
— Sam Cooper (@SamCooperFilms) August 18, 2021
Sean Lock gently roasting Jedward has lived rent free in my mind for a decade. If you haven't seen it before, you're in for a treat. What a legend. pic.twitter.com/P4zCW6nUPe
— Alex Bruce-Smith (@alexbrucesmith) August 18, 2021
'If I could have my ashes spread anywhere I wanted, I'd have them spread in Piers Morgan's eyes.'
RIP Sean Lock. pic.twitter.com/tkAswfn6OQ
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 18, 2021
???????? Sean Lock’s iconic ‘Carrot in the Box’. RIP!pic.twitter.com/jXAaa2vKhq
— News For All (@NewsForAllUK) August 18, 2021
RIP Sean Lock pic.twitter.com/szt8q72BHY
— David Brent Music (@DavidBrentMovie) August 18, 2021
One of the finest videos I've ever had the pleasure to upload to the internet. Sean Lock and his greatest achievement. pic.twitter.com/8ZzDPHXuT6
— Ian Symes ???????????? (@ianiansymes) August 18, 2021
I think Sean Lock’s first ever Twitter post (and he only ever posted one other tweet) sums him up beautifully. pic.twitter.com/kxw1h8n2pu
— Amanda (@Pandamoanimum) August 18, 2021
Sean Lock died from cancer, surrounded by his loved ones, at 58 years old.
A statement from his agent, 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.