Comedian and TV panelist Sean Lock has died from a long battle with cancer at the age of 58, his agent today confirmed.

A statement from his agent, Off the Kerb Productions, to the PA Media reads: "It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Sean Lock.

"He died at home from cancer, surrounded by his family. Sean was one of Britain’s finest comedians, his boundless creativity, lightning wit and the absurdist brilliance of his work, marked him out as a unique voice in British comedy.

"Sean was also a cherished husband and father to three children. Sean will be sorely missed by all that knew him. We kindly request that the privacy of his family and children is respected at this difficult time."

Sean Lock was a team captain on the series '8 Out of 10 Cats', hosted by Jimmy Carr, from 2005 to 2015.

He was also on its spin-off series '8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown' from 2012.

Sean Lock was primarily known for his appearances on various comedy talk show panels.

He appeared on such TV series as 'QI', 'The Last Leg', 'Have I Got News for You', and 'They Think It's All Over'.

Lock also appeared at Channel 4's Comedy Gala and co-hosted 'The Big Fat Quiz of the Year' with James Corden in 2008.

He also wrote and starred in the popular BBC sitcom '15 Storeys High'.

He wrote material for Bill Bailey, Lee Evans and Mark Lamarr.

Comedian Lee Mack, who was a close friend of Sean Lock, paid tribute saying: "I've known this day was coming for some time, but it's no less heart-breaking.

"A true original both in comedy and life. I will miss him so much."