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Sean Hughes: comedian dies aged 51

Hughes, Perrier award winner and team captain on BBCs Never Mind the Buzzcocks, vanished on Monday morning

Sean Hughes, the Irish standup comedian and quiz show panellist, has died, his former agent said.

Hughes, 51, who won the esteemed Perrier comedy award in 1990 and was perhaps best known as a team captain on BBC’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks, vanished on Monday morning, RBM Comedy said.

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Very harrowing news. Early this AM, the master of comedy Sean Hughes past apart. @mr_seanhughes
A comic very much ahead of his time. nv5DEn4CH1

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Hughes had been unwell and tweeted on 8 October that he was in infirmary. It has been reported that he was being treated for cirrhosis of the liver.

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Nica Burns, the chairman and creator of the Edinburgh comedy bestows, formerly the Perrier honors, said:” Sean was the youngest win of the Edinburgh comedy accolade. He was a huge geniu- a great comic and writer. He will be missed .”

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‘Sean was the youngest winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Award. He was a huge geniu – a great comic& writer. He will be missed’ – Nica Burns Ns86KGPwyr

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Fellow jesters paid tribute to Hughes. Al Murray said:” Sean Hughes won the Perrier the summer I decided to try being a comic. He was being daft, meta, ironic and Byronic all at once after a decade when standup had reinvented itself. He did standup examination enjoyable, glamorous and above all a artistic home where you could play. It’s terribly sad bulletin to hear of his lead .”

Bill Bailey said:” I’m scandalized and upset to hear the report. I gigged with Sean quite a bit over the years, and we bonded over a shared love of hounds. He was a really funny comedian and enormous fellowship. He had a unique and distinctive style and had been substantially missed .”

Jenny Eclair said:” I last saw Sean on a Storage Hunter special- there was a huge amount of laughter. He was a cross between a curmudgeon with a poet’s soul and a marvelous boy who was destined never to grow old. We will miss that singer .”

Aisling Bea said:” I firstly encountered Sean before I started standup. We were doing read throughs of brand-new BBC comedy dialogues for’ the industry’ and we’d “re going to have to” take it in turns to do reputations or the stage directions, which was the most boring place.

” During Sean’s turn to do stage directions, he began doing them in startling singers and with whisperings and accents. Even though it wasn’t the most professional stuff to do, we were all cracking up and it became the best part of the testify. His pernicious pixie aspect and beloved of silliness will be sorely missed .”

Posting on Facebook, Carl Donnelly said:” For those that knew him this might come as a little bit of a scandalize but Sean Hughes unhappily passed away last-place nighttime. He’s been ill for a while but has predominantly prevented it placid. He had been in hospital on and off these last few weeks but passed away at home last night.

” He’s been a good mate and someone who has helped me develop as a comedian for ten years so all that needs to said right now is that I’ll miss him .”

Other comedians paid tribute to Hughes on Twitter. Jack Dee said:” Very sad be informed about Sean Hughes. Started on the circuit with him back in the working day. RIP .”

Jason Manford said:” Very pathetic be informed about Sean Hughes. A luminous comic and a lovely bloke. RIP .”

Richard Herring tweeted:” Sean Hughes. What a punch in the soul that is .”

Jo Caulfield said:” Disagreeable word. Another aptitude moved far too soon. RIP Sean Hughes .”

Terry Alderton said:” Can’t believe the report … Sean Hughes will be sadly missed by myself and the rest of the comedy world-wide. Beliefs are with you. Xxx .”

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