Sean Hughes: Comedian, actor and writer 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

He died on Monday, his spokesman said.

His last tweet, earlier this month, simply said "in hospital".

The comedian was born in London on November 10, 1965.

His former promoter Richard Bucknall paid tribute, telling Beyond the Joke: "He was a pioneering, groundbreaking comedian who changed comedy with that live show".

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Hughes became the youngest victor of the Perrier award for comedy in 1990 for his A One Night Stand with Sean Hughes show.

He was a team captain on Never Mind The Buzzcocks from 1996 to 2002, appearing alongside Phill Jupitus and Mark Lamar.

The accolade, now known as the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, is awarded to what is considered the best show of the Fringe Festival in the city.

"He was an incredibly talented comedian whose perceptive humour and charming demeanour made him an absolute pleasure to work with on-stage and off".

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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.

On top of stand-up comedy, he also had a role in the film The Commitments, and played a love interest of Eileen on Coronation Street in 2007. A brilliant comic and a lovely bloke.

Jack Dee paid his tribute on Twitter saying, "Very sad to hear about Sean Hughes".

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