Published: Mon, October 16, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Sean Hughes: comedian dies aged 51

Sean Hughes: comedian dies aged 51

He died on Monday, his spokesman said.

Hughes was born in London but grew up in Firhouse, Dublin.

Hughes's final tweet was shared on Sunday October 8, in which he said he was "in hospital".

His former-promoter Richard Bucknall paid tribute to Hughes. He appeared in the Comedy Store in Soho with his first appearance in 1987.

Hughes won the prestigious Perrier comedy award in 1990 for A One Night Stand With Sean Hughes.

He was an original panellist on Never Mind The Buzzcocks alongside Mark Lamarr and Phill Jupitus.

The accolade, now known as the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, is awarded to what is considered the best show of the Fringe Festival in the city.

Fellow Irish comedian Dara Ó Briain led the tributes on social media for Hughes calling him "one of the Irish comedy trailblazers in the UK".

Hughes was a familiar face on television with Sean's Show on Channel 4 in 1922. A brilliant comic and a lovely bloke.

RIP", while Murray tweeted: "'Terribly sad news about Sean Hughes'.

Comedian Ross Noble tweeted: "Just terrible news about Sean Hughes.he was very nice to me when I was starting out in comedy, a sad loss".

He also played Eileen Grimshaw's love interest Pat in Coronation Street in 2007.

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