Leading the many tributes to the comedian on social media was “The Office” creator Ricky Gervais, who tweeted, “Such sad news. RIP the great Sean Lock. One of the funniest, most influential comedians of a generation. A lovely man.” Acclaimed actor and writer Stephen Fry described the news on Twitter as “horrible,” adding that Lock managed to provide “complete brilliance in every comic direction. What a loss. My heart goes out to his family.”
One of the most poignant tributes came from Lock’s “8 Out of 10 Cats” co-star Jimmy Carr, who he had spent many years working alongside on the U.K. comedy series. “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,” Carr wrote on Twitter.
Per the BBC, Lock was born in Chertsey, Surrey, and began working as a builder in the 1980s. He was later diagnosed with skin cancer and eventually went into remission. The experience inspired him to quit his job and embark on a career in comedy.