Hugely-popular Irish comedian and actor Sean Hughes dies aged 51

Hughes who was a team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks on BBC Two also had a role in Coronation Street in 2007

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

It's believed that he was admitted for liver cirrhosis and suffered cardiac arrest this morning.

In 1990, Hughes began earning critical acclaim for his work as he became one of the youngest ever winners of the sought-after Perrier Award.

Aside from comedy, Hughes was also known for his film roles, starring as a record producer in cult film "The Commitments", as well as appearing as the lead star in the 2002 movie "Puckoon".

Other comics, including Julian Clary, Aisling Bea, Ross Noble, Al Murray and Marcus Brigstocke were among those to share tributes to Hughes. Very talented comic, loved & respected.

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

Hughes was a familiar face on television with Sean's Show on Channel 4 in 1922.

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The news of Hughes's death comes just over a week after he posted his final tweet on October 8, in which he told his followers he was in hospital.

Matt continued: 'He'd been unwell, but when I started out on the comedy circuit about 25 years ago, Sean was one of the biggest stars'.

Irish comedian Aisling Bea tweeted, "So sad".

Irish writer Paul Howard said, "Irish comedy in the 1990s".

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

In addition to comedy Hughes acted in several West End theatre productions and wrote two novels.

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