Edinburgh Fringe favourite Sean Hughes has died, aged 51, it has been confirmed.
The hugely popular stand-up comedian and actor was well known as a team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and had a role in British soap Coronation Street in 2007.
The Irishman, who won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 1990, shared his final tweet on Sunday, 8 October, in which he said he was “in hospital”.
Fellow comedian Jason Manford led the tributes to Hughes on Twitter following the news of his death.
“Very sad to hear about Sean Hughes,” Manford wrote.
Stand-up comic Al Murray wrote: “Terribly sad news about Sean Hughes.”
Comedian Richard Herring said: “Sean Hughes. What a punch in the soul that is.”
David Schneider said he was “an engagingly funny man.”
Hughes had a varied career, including a role in hit movie The Commitments, and he also starred in the award-winning London play, The Railway Children.