Sean Lock passed away after a secret battle with lung cancer.

Sean Lock

Sean Lock

The '8 Out Of 10 Cats' comedian sadly passed away earlier this week at 58 and it has now been revealed that he had been secretly battling with lung cancer for a "few years", which was quite advanced.

His friend Bill Bailey said: "He had been diagnosed with lung cancer a few years ago and it was at the time quite a blow, particularly when it was quite advanced. We've tried to make the most of the last few years.

"We spent a lot of time together and went on trips together. And he's continued to work. He's amazingly courageous and tough individual who was mentally strong throughout the whole time. I'm just grateful for the time we have had together."

Tributes have flooded in for Sean after his passing, especially from comedians, and Bill isn't surprised at all as he praised Sean's comedy status, inspiring other comedians to be fearless and determined.

He added to ITV News: "A lot of comics are talking about the fact that he inspired them to become comedians. He was the one that gave them the strength and courage to carry on as comedians - it's a tough business. He was fearless and determined and that's what gave them strength."

Sean's sad passing was confirmed by his agent on Wednesday.

A statement from 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. We kindly request that the privacy of his family and children is respected at this difficult time."

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