Tributes to Irish comedian Sean Hughes following his death aged 51

Ruben Ruiz
October 17, 2017

He was best known for his role on the popular BBC music quiz show Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

He went on to win the prestigious Perrier Comedy Award for his show "A One Night Stand With Sean Hughes" in 1990, becoming the youngest performer to win it.

The star, who was born in London but grew up in Dublin, last sent a tweet on October 8 saying he was in hospital. Was lucky to enjoy his company on a few occasions over the years.

In a 2014 interview with the Irish Times, Hughes joked about his life of "extreme" hedonism. It is believed he was being treated for cirrhosis of the liver.

"I have been blessed with decent health, even though I have pushed my body to extreme hedonistic limits".

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".

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Taking to Twitter to comment on his passing, comedian Al Murray said: "Terribly sad news about Sean Hughes". A brilliant comic and a lovely bloke.

Fellow Irish comedian Dara O Briain said: "Ah, that is very sad news". That's no age. One of the Irish comedy trailblazers in the United Kingdom'.

Irvine Welsh added, "Sad to hear about Sean Hughes".

He wrote best-selling novels The Detainees and It's What He Would Have Wanted.

Sean leaves behind his mum and two brothers.

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