(CNN)British comic Sean Lock has died aft a agelong conflict with cancer, his cause announced connected Wednesday. He was 58.
"It is with large sadness that we person to denote the decease of Sean Lock," work a connection from his cause posted to Instagram. He died astatine location from cancer, surrounded by his family. Sean was 1 of Britain's finest comedians, his boundless creativity, lightning wit and the absurdist brilliance of his work, marked him retired arsenic a unsocial dependable successful British comedy. Sean was besides a cherished hubby and begetter to 3 children. Sean volition beryllium sorely missed by each that knew him. We kindly petition that the privateness of his household and children are respected astatine this hard time."
Fellow comic Ricky Gervais mourned the nonaccomplishment connected Twitter, calling Lock "one of the astir influential comedians of a generation."
"Such bittersweet news. RIP the large Sean Lock," Gervais wrote. "[He was] 1 of the funniest, astir influential comedians of a generation. A beauteous man."
Lock got a fortunate interruption starting successful 2005 with an 18-season tally arsenic a squad skipper connected Jimmy Carr's Channel 4 drama sheet amusement "8 Out of 10 Cats." He past was formed connected its spinoff, "8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown."
Lock besides wrote and starred successful the BBC sitcom "15 Storeys High," co-hosted "The Big Fat Quiz of the Year." He toured with his improv amusement "Lockipedia," wherever helium would speech extensively astir random subjects the assemblage suggested.
He is survived by his wife, Anoushka Nara Giltsoff, and their 3 children.