Sean Lock died after a secret battle with lung cancer, friend and fellow comic Bill Bailey has revealed.
The tragic 8 Out of 10 Cats star’s death on Wednesday aged 58 sparked a host of tributes from across the comedy and entertainment industry.
While he previously battled with skin conditions, Bailey has now said that Lock was diagnosed with the disease in his lungs ‘a few years ago.’
Despite his illness, however, he continued to work, with accounts revealing he has left a fortune of nearly £3 million to his family.
In an interview with ITV, Bailey said:
He had been diagnosed with lung cancer a few years ago and it was at the time quite a blow, particularly when it was quite advanced. We’ve tried to make the most of the last few years. We spent a lot of time together and went on trips together. And he’s continued to work. He’s amazingly courageous and tough individual who was mentally strong throughout the whole time. I’m just grateful for the time we have had together. A lot of comics are talking about the fact that he inspired them to become comedians. He was the one that gave them the strength and courage to carry on as comedians – it’s a tough business.
It comes as financial records filed under his company, Sean Lock Limited, a month ago, show he had owned cash reserves of just over £1m and total assets, including property worth £350,000, of £2.8m according to Daily Mail.
The father-of-three, who had two daughters and one son with his wife Anoushka, appeared on Have I Got News for You, QI, and They Think It’s All Over – and also wrote and starred in the popular BBC sitcom 15 Storeys High.
Meanwhile, fans today called on publishers to publish the star’s parody book The Tiger Who Came For A Pint.