Mock the Week stars pay tribute to comedian Phil Jerrod following his death, aged 42

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Mock the Week stars have paid tribute to late comedian Phil Jerrod, who has died at the age of 42 after being diagnosed with sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that affects bones and soft tissue.

Jerrod passed away on September 4 with his wife Becky by his side, his agent confirmed in a statement.

"It is with deep sadness we have to announce the death of Phil Jerrod. Phil peacefully passed away at home after a battle with cancer, with his devoted wife Beck by his side," the statement read.

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"Phil's critically acclaimed stand-up and comedy writing meant he was incredibly respected by his peers, supporting and writing with many of his comedy heroes.

"Phil was a dear friend to us, an incredibly kind and talented man, who was taken far too soon. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him."

A writer for radio and television shows The Now Show, The News Quiz, and Mock The Week, Jerrod also supported Romesh Ranganathan on his UK tour in 2016. The Brighton-based comedian also gained a huge fanbase thanks to his podcast Crash Bang Wallop, which launched in 2018.

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Tributes from fellow comedians poured in after Jerrod's agency Off the Kerb shared the sad news, with fellow Mock the Week star Nish Kumar among the first to pay tribute to Jerrod following the news of his passing.

"This is awful news. A great comic and a lovely man," he wrote on Twitter.

"Phil Jerrod was one of my very best friends and I loved him dearly," Ranganathan shared on Instagram.

"He was a brilliant comic, but more importantly one of the kindest and loveliest men you could ever meet. You would always feel better for having spent time with him. I will miss him so much."

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"Such a kind soul and funny comedian," Rhys James added. "Very sad."

Comedian Angela Barnes also shared an emotional statement on her socials, writing: "On Saturday we had to say goodbye to one of my best friends, the incomparable Phil Jerrod.

"One of the most loving, funniest and most creative people I've known. All my thoughts are with Beck, your beloved wife. I love you Phil, life won't be the same again. Utterly heartbroken."

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Lloyd Griffith said: "Such awful news. Not only was Phil really bloody funny, but he was the nicest man you'd ever bump into. Thoughts and prayers with Beck. Cancer can f**k off."

"Phil Jerrod was a truly lovely man and a great comedian. This is so dreadfully sad. RIP Phil," Phil Wang said.

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