Saturday 20 October 2018

Stars from world of comedy join family to mourn Hughes at emotional service

The coffin of Sean Hughes is carried into the chapel at Islington and Camden Cemetery in London. Photo: PA
The coffin of Sean Hughes is carried into the chapel at Islington and Camden Cemetery in London. Photo: PA

Celebrities from the world of comedy yesterday turned out to pay their respects at Sean Hughes's funeral.

Famous faces, including Bob Mortimer, Johnny Vegas, David Baddiel and Jack Dee, joined the Irish comic's friends and family members to say their final farewells.

Mourners spilled out of Islington Crematorium in north London as his loved ones gathered for the service.

The funeral took place a week after Hughes died, aged 51, in north London's Whittington Hospital, where he was also born.


According to reports, Hughes's death was caused by liver cirrhosis - a condition caused by long-term liver damage.

He died just over a week after he posted his final tweet on October 8, in which he told his followers he was in hospital.

Celebrities from the comedy circuit, including Richard Herring, Stewart Lee, Omid Djalili and Arthur Smith attended his funeral.

Also present was Phill Jupitus, who starred alongside Hughes for many years on Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

The service featured emotional and sometimes humorous eulogies from friends and family members, including Hughes's two brothers, Alan and Martin.

Mourners also heard some of Hughes's own poetry as well as pieces of his favourite music, including numbers from The Smiths and Lily Allen.

Following the service, mourners were invited to sign a book of condolences before the wake at a nearby pub.

In 1990, Hughes was 24 when he became the youngest winner of the main prize at the Perrier Comedy Awards, now known as the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, for his stand-up show A One Night Stand With Sean Hughes.

He also appeared in TV programmes including Coronation Street and The Last Detective, and in Alan Parker's film The Commitments in 1991.

He returned to Edinburgh in 2007 after a seven-year break with his show The Right Side Of Wrong. In 2015, Hughes joined the cast of the Olivier Award-winning production of The Railway Children.

Hughes was also a writer and had penned two collections of prose and poetry, including Sean's Book.

He wrote best-selling novels The Detainees and It's What He Would Have Wanted.

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