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Jason Manford shares last text to Sean Lock in memorial tweet

Dozens of comedians who have worked with Sean have come online today to share their memories of him with fans.

The Manc The Manc - 18th August 2021

The sad news of comedian Sean Lock’s passing was announced earlier today and social media has been filled with heartbreaking tributes.

The 8 Out Of 10 Cats legend lost his battle with cancer aged 58 and the news sent shockwaves across the UK with most people blindsided by the news due to Sean’s private nature keeping it from the public eye in recent years.

Dozens of comedians who have worked with Sean, who would regularly visit Manchester to film 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Cats Does Countdown, have come online today to share their memories of him with fans, including close friends Jon Richardson and Bill Bailey.

Manchester comedian Jason Manford, who worked closely with Sean on the original series of 8 Out Of 10 Cats, even shared his last text to his former co-captain, in a tweet that read: “I texted him a couple of weeks ago and I’m now so glad I did.

“If you’ve a friend who’ve you not spoken to for a while, drop them a message and check in. It could be the last time. RIP Sean.”


The text reads: “Hi Sean, hope you and your family are doing okay. Did Countdown last week and missed having you there. I often think back to my days on Cats with you and how much I appreciated working with you, the buzz I’d get on the rare occasions something I said would make you laugh!”

Jason Manford reveals heartbreaking final message he sent to Sean Lock  before his death aged 58
Sean, left, with Jimmy Carr and Jason Manford on the set of 8 Out Of 10 Cats // ITV

“Anyway, just wanted to check in and wish you and your family all the best. Lots of love and hopefully see you soon. Jason.”


Jason isn’t the only celebrity who has come out on social media today to pay their respects, in fact, most of the comedy scene and TV personalities on the social media platform have had their say on his passing, showing just how loved and respected he was amongst his peers.

Sean has left a huge hole in British comedy and will be missed a great deal.