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Sean Hughes: Liver cirrhosis kills Irish stand-up comedian aged 51

International Business Times logo International Business Times 16/10/2017

Comedian Sean Hughes performing at the Cornbury Festival, at Great Tew in Oxfordshire. © Empics Comedian Sean Hughes performing at the Cornbury Festival, at Great Tew in Oxfordshire. Sean Hughes, the Perrier Award-winning stand-up best known for his appearances on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and his own sitcom Sean's Show, has died aged 51.

The comedian was believed to have been suffering from cirrhosis of the liver and was recently taken to north London's Whittington Hospital.

Hughes became one of the youngest ever winners of the prestigious Perrier award in 1990, but shot to household name status as captain on the long-running BBC music quiz show.

He also made several appearances as an actor later on in his career, including playing comedian and writer Tony Hawk in his adaption of Round Ireland with a Fridge and ITV's The Last Detective as well as a minor role in the cult 1991 movie The Commitments.

Hughes also appeared in several theatre productions, including performing in the West End in As You Like It with Sienna Miller and starring as Mr Perks in the Olivier Award-winning production of Mike Kenny's stage adaptation of E. Nesbit's novel The Railway Children in 2015.

His former-promoter Richard Bucknall paid tribute to Hughes. He told Beyond the Joke: "He was a pioneering, groundbreaking comedian who changed comedy with that live show."

Hughes confirmed his illness by sending a tweet reading "in hospital" on 8 October in what would be his final post on the social network.

Fellow comedians and writers also paid tribute to Hughes following his death. Jason Manford said via Twitter: "Very sad to hear about Sean Hughes. A brilliant comic and a lovely bloke. RIP."

David Schneider added: "So sad about Sean Hughes. Such an engagingly funny man."

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