Sean Lock death – Sean Lock’s cause of death was lung cancer, Bill Bailey confirms


Eddie Izzard has paid tribute to the “beautifully surreal” comedy of Sean Lock, following his death at 58, saying: “His legacy lives on forever.” The 8 Out Of 10 Cats star died surrounded by his family after a battle with cancer and tributes from the world of comedy have flooded in.

Comedian Izzard told the PA news agency: “I think Sean Lock started in comedy at almost exactly the same time as me, so we were contemporaries.

“I do this weird, surreal stuff, but his stuff was beautifully surreal and I was kind of jealous of what Sean could do, because his mind jumped around. I don’t know if he wrote but he must have sat down and written some stuff, but it would flash across and come up with such crazy imagery.

“He does beautiful, surreal imagery, but he also goes to a dark or impish place, which you wouldn’t expect or most audiences are not expecting, and I encourage people to go online – ‘Sean Lock’, put that into Google and look up his best bits on YouTube and you will see his work and especially on the panel games, you can see that he’s just riffing.

“He’s riffing, and he’s going to this place and people are just falling out and other comedians are falling about. That is the thing. you’re trying to get other comedians laughing and that’s what he could do. He could go to places we weren’t expecting anyone to go to.”

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