Comedian Sean Hughes, best known for appearing on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, has died at the age of 51.
In his final tweet, sent on October 8, he wrote simply: “In hospital.”
Hughes appeared as a captain on the popular BBC music quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks alongside Phil Jupitus and Mark Lamarr, appearing on the show between 1996 and 2002.
He died of liver cirrhosis, pals confirmed this morning.
Fellow funny man Jason Manford tweeted: “Very sad to hear about Sean Hughes. A brilliant comic and a lovely bloke. RIP.”
Jack Dee added: “Very sad to hear about Sean Hughes. Started on the circuit with him back in the day. RIP.”
Ross Noble wrote: “Just awful news about Sean Hughes.he was very nice to me when I was starting out in comedy.
“A sad loss.”
Alongside his role in Never Mind The Buzzcocks, he appeared in the ITV series The Last Detective, and played Pat, a love interest of Eileen Grimshaw, in Coronation Street.
Early on in his career, we won the prestigious Perrier Comedy Award for his A One Night Stand with Sean Hughes show.
He also had a small role in the 1991 film The Commitments.
His former promoter, Richard Bucknall, said: “He was a pioneering, groundbreaking comedian who changed comedy with that live show.”
Shocked friends and colleagues in the showbiz community paid tribute to the comedian on Twitter, hailing him as “ahead of his time”.