English comedian Sean Lock has died aged 58 following a battle with cancer.

Lock was best known for his appearances on British TV panel shows including QI and  8 Out Of 10 Cats, on which he was a team captain.

However, his stand up career in the UK spanned almost three decades and was often voted amongst the country’s best stand-up comedians.

Lock’s agent released a statement on Wednesday night confirming the news.

“It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Sean Lock. He died at home from cancer, surrounded by his family,” the release reads.

“Sean was one of Britain’s finest comedians, his boundless creativity, lightning wit and the absurdist brilliance of his work, marked him out as a unique voice in British comedy.

News of Lock’s death led to an outpouring of tributes from peers in the UK comedy circuit, with comedian Ross Noble tweeting that Lock made him laugh “like few others do”.

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Lock is survived by his wife Anoushka and his three children.