Sean Hughes dead: Irish comedian dies, aged 51

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Some of the biggest names in comedy have paid tribute to Sean Hughes, following his death at the age of 51. Although he did not give details of how the comic died, he was believed to have been suffering from cirrhosis of the liver.

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

Hughes began appearing at the Comedy Store in 1987 and won the prestigious Perrier Comedy Award for his show A One Night Stand With Sean Hughes - the youngest ever to win. He also played Eileen Grimshaw's love interest Pat in Coronation Street in 2007.

Al Murray added: 'Terribly sad news about Sean Hughes'.

As well as being an established comedian, he also made several appearances as an actor in his career, including a minor role in the cult 1991 movie The Commitments.

Comedian Jason Manford was among one of the first to pay tribute to Hughes, writing on Twitter: "Very sad to hear about Sean Hughes". Was lucky to enjoy his company on a few occasions over the years.

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Bob Mills says just a couple of months ago comedian Sean Hughes seemed "on top on the world" and his death is a great shock. Very talented comic, loved & respected.

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'.

Hughes' latest tweet, dated 8 October, said that he was in hospital.

Des Bishop wrote, "Sad to hear about Sean Hughes".

He is survived by his two brothers, Alan and Martin.