Sean Hughes dead: Irish comic dies aged 51 after 'cardiac arrest'

Irish comic Sean Hughes has passed away aged 51.

The comedian, famous for starring in Never Mind the Buzzcocks, was believed to have been taken to hospital in north London after suffering a cardiac arrest.

He passed away on Monday, his management said.

Sean Hughes has passed away aged 51 (Rex)

Hughes became one of the youngest ever winners of the prestigious Perrier award in 1990, but shot to household name status as captain on the long-running BBC music quiz show.

He also had a role in Coronation Street in 2007.

Sean Hughes, Paul Jupitus and Mark Lamar (BBC)

Fellow comics have paid tribute to Hughes, who last tweeted on October 8 that he was in hospital.

His former-promoter Richard Bucknall paid tribute to Hughes. He told Beyond the Joke: “He was a pioneering, groundbreaking comedian who changed comedy with that live show.”