Sean Lock, British comedian, dead at 58

“It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Sean Lock,” checked out a declaration from his representative published to Instagram. He passed away in your home from cancer, surrounded by his household. Sean was among Britain’s finest comics, his limitless imagination, lightning wit and the absurdist luster of his work, marked him out as a unique voice in British funny. Sean was likewise a treasured other half and dad to 3 kids. Sean will be sorely missed out on by all that understood him. We kindly ask for that the personal privacy of his household and kids are appreciated at this hard time.”

Fellow comic Ricky Gervais mourned the loss on Twitter, calling Lock “among the most prominent comics of a generation.”

“Such unfortunate news. RIP the excellent Sean Lock,” Gervais wrote. “[He was] among the funniest, most prominent comics of a generation. A charming guy.”

Lock got a lucky break starting in 2005 with an 18-season run as a team captain on Jimmy Carr’s Channel 4 comedy panel show “8 Out of 10 Felines.” He then was cast on its spinoff, “8 Out of 10 Felines Does Countdown.”

Lock also wrote and starred in the BBC sitcom “15 Storeys High,” co-hosted “The Huge Fat Test of the Year.” He toured with his improv show “Lockipedia,” where he would talk extensively about random subjects the audience suggested.

He is survived by his wife, Anoushka Nara Giltsoff, and their three children.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.