Sean Hughes: Comedian, actor and writer dies aged 51

Comedian Sean Hughes has died at the age of 51 his management has confirmed

Irish comedian Sean Hughes has died at the age of 51, his management company have said.

However it was his long-running appearance on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, along with his own sitcom Sean's Show, which made him a household name.

He began playing The Comedy Store in 1987 and in 1990 when he as 24 he became the youngest comedian to ever win the Perrier Award.

During his career, Hughes also wrote books and presented several radio shows on the BBC.

In a 2014 interview with the Irish Times, Hughes joked about his life of "extreme" hedonism.

He was reportedly rushed to hospital with liver cirrhosis on Sunday night.

Fellow comedian Jason Manford tweeted: "Very sad to hear about Sean Hughes".

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"I have been blessed with decent health, even though I have pushed my body to extreme hedonistic limits".

Al Murray said: 'Terribly sad news about Sean Hughes'. Very talented comic, loved & respected.

Irish comedian Aisling Bea tweeted, "So sad".

Irvine Welsh added, "Sad to hear about Sean Hughes".

On TV, he starred in ITV series The Last Detective, where he played Mod Lewis, friend to Peter Davison's title character, DC Dangerous Davies.

Away from the stage and screen Hughes was also a writer, penning best-selling novels The Detainees and It's What He Would Have Wanted.

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

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