Irish comedian Sean Hughes passes away at the age of 51

Jay Jacobs
October 17, 2017

Richard Bucknall confirmed that the comic died in hospital this morning and would be remembered for his "superb wit".

The Evening Standard reports that he reportedly died in Whittington Hospital during the night after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Hughes was the youngest person to win the coveted Perrier Award - now known as the Edinburgh Comedy award - in 1990.

He also appeared on TV programmes including Coronation Street and The Last Detective.

Actor and stand-up Aisling Bea wrote that Hughes was a "wonderfully silly, anarchic & hilarious comic" and said she "enjoyed the mad tangents our conversations would take". Very talented comic, loved & respected.

Fellow comedian Jason Manford tweeted: "Very sad to hear about Sean Hughes".

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Bob Mills says just a couple of months ago comedian Sean Hughes seemed "on top on the world" and his death is a great shock. Was lucky to enjoy his company on a few occasions over the years.

Irish comedian Dara O Briain said: 'Ah, that is very sad news.

Mentioning other comedians who have died, Davies added: "Sean Hughes with Linda Smith, Felix Dexter, Caroline Ahearne, and Malcolm Hardee as compere". That's no age. One of the Irish comedy trailblazers in the United Kingdom'.

In 2015, Hughes joined the cast of the Olivier Award-winning production of The Railway Children.

In addition to comedy Hughes acted in several West End theatre productions and wrote two novels.

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