Sean Lock’s diagnosis of lung cancer was ‘advanced’, says Bill Bailey – .

Sean Lock’s diagnosis of lung cancer was ‘advanced’, says Bill Bailey – .

Sean Lock was battling lung cancer (Photo: Edible London)

Sean Lock was battling lung cancer at the time of his death.

The comedian died earlier this week at the age of 58, with his agent confirming he died of cancer.

His close friend Bill Bailey confirmed that Lock was diagnosed with “advanced” lung cancer “a few years ago,” but he continued to work and make the most of his later years.

In an interview with ITV News, Bill, 56, said: “He was diagnosed with lung cancer a few years ago and it was a big blow back then, especially when he was quite advanced. .

“We have tried to make the most of the last few years. We spent a lot of time together and took trips together. And he continued to work.

“He’s an incredibly courageous and tough individual who was mentally strong all the time. I’m just grateful for the time we spent together.

Speaking of the impact he has had on other comedians, the winner of Strictly Come Dancing said, “A lot of comics talk about how he inspired them to become comedians. It was he who gave them the strength and courage to continue as actors – it’s a tough business.

“He was fearless and determined and that’s what gave them strength. ”

Bill noted that Lock was one of his dearest friends, having first met 30 years ago, and the couple went on a family vacation together.

In a separate interview with Naga Munchetty on BBC Radio 4 Live, Bill said: “His family is a lot like our family now, really. “

Lock had kept his illness private, even when he moved to a hospice towards the end of his life.

However, he had been open to the idea of ​​being diagnosed with skin cancer in his late 20s, after an overnight fling spotted malignant melanoma on his back.

The comic told the Daily Mail: “She said there was something weird behind my back. I asked her what it looked like and she said it was a patch of dark, misshapen skin with a crisp texture and the size of a 10p piece.

The comedy world mourns its loss (Photo: Steve Meddle / REX / Shutterstock)

“I had no idea how long he was there. It didn’t hurt or itch, so there was nothing that would have caught my attention. And being on my lower back, it wasn’t something you could easily see by looking at yourself in a mirror.

Lock made an appointment the next day with a dermatologist, who administered a local anesthetic and cut the patch.

Two weeks later, doctors told Lock that the biopsy results showed the patch was malignant melanoma, and if it had not been treated quickly, the cancer would almost certainly have spread to his lymphatic system. in three to four months.

After the scare, Lock took better care of himself with sun protection and urged fans to check themselves for any moles or unusual patches of skin. He blamed the disease for not using sunscreen when working outside on construction sites.

Friends and colleagues from the world of television and comedy including Jimmy Carr, Jon Richardson and Lee Mack paid tribute to Lock, who was best known for his work on 8 out of 10 cats and 8 out of 10 cats recounted backwards.

On Thursday night, Channel 4 aired their comedy special Keep It Light and a classic Cats Does Countdown episode in her memory.

Lock is survived by his wife Anoushka Nara Giltsoff, with whom he had two daughters and a son.

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