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Irish comedian Sean Hughes has died aged 51

The Irish comic was famous across the water for appearing on Channel 4 and BBC.

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UK-BORN IRISH comedian Sean Hughes has died.

He was 51.

He was a regular on TV screens in the UK for shows such as Sean’s Show on Channel 4 in the 1990s and as a team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks on the BBC in the 90s and 2000s.

Hughes also had a small role in the film The Commitments, and also had a brief stint on Coronation Street.

It is understood that the comedian died due to cirrhosis of the liver. He had tweeted on 8 October that he was in hospital.
In response to the news of his death, Jim Jennings, Director of Content at RTÉ said that their thoughts and prayers are with Sean’s family, colleagues and friends:

Sean Hughes forged the way for a generation of Irish comedians and performers, on both sides of the Irish sea. Recently RTÉ was delighted to work with Sean once again, on RTÉ Radio 1′s Comedy Showhouse, and the radio series Don’t Quote Me.

Fellow comedians were quick to pay tribute to Hughes on Twitter.

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