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

The star, whose parents were from Dublin and Cork, was born in London but grew up in Firhouse.

Hughes died a week after telling his followers on Twitter that he was "in hospital" on 8 October in what was to be his final social media post.


He was best known for his role on the popular BBC music quiz show Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He appeared as a team captain alongside Phil Jupitus and Mark Lamarr from 1996 - 2002.

He starred in his own sitcom, Sean’s Show in which he played a loveable loser who received messages from God on his answering machine, spoke to a spider who was actually Elvis Presley and made catchphrases out of saying "hiya!" and "buh bye"

He was the youngest ever winner of the Perrier award in 1990 with his show A One Night Stand With Sean Hughes.

Hughes also took on a number of acting roles. He played comedian and writer Tony Hawk in his adaption of Round Ireland with a Fridge and also starred in ITV's The Last Detective.

Hughes had a minor role in the classic 1991 movie The Commitments. He played Dave, an A&R man for Eejit Records. He also had roles in Snakes and Ladders, Puckoon and The Butcher Boy.

In 2007, he joined the cast of Coronation Street playing womanising salesman Pat, who had an affair with Eileen Grimshaw, for a number months.

When BBC 6 Music launched in 2002, he hosted its Sunday morning show The Sunday Lie In, which offered "informed cynicism, easy listening and dysfunctional pop". He also wrote a number of books, including It's What He Would've Wanted and The Detainees.

Fellow Irish comedian Dara Ó Briain led the tributes on social media for Hughes, calling him "one of the Irish comedy trailblazers in the UK". 

RTÉ's Director of Content Jim Jennings also paid tribute saying that Hughes "forged the way for a generation of Irish comedians and performers, on both sides of the Irish Sea".

He added: "Recently RTÉ was delighted to work with Sean once again, on RTÉ Radio 1's Comedy Showhouse, and radio series Don't Quote Me. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hughes Family and Sean's colleagues and friends."