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BILL BAILEY - who will be competing on Strictly Come Dancing 2020 - has spoken candidly about a "wake up call" he experienced following the death of comedian Sean Hughes, who died in 2017.

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Bill Bailey, 55, has opened up about how he had a "wake up call" after comedian Sean Hughes died at the age of 51 in 2017 from cirrhosis. The Strictly Come Dancing 2020 star discussed his friend's devastating death and revealed what they bonded over when working together.


It was tragic

Bill Bailey

Bill took over from Sean as a team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks in 2002.

The star said he and Sean became friends away from the programme he hosted for six years.

“We got on really well at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival," he shared.

"He loved his dog and we bonded over our pets. I knew him well then Sean drifted away."

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The Black Books actor went on to discuss his friend's health ahead of his "tragic" death.

"Latterly I heard he had health problems. It was tragic," he said.

"I got the impression that he wanted to be taken seriously.”

Bill nodded after the interviewer said: "When your contemporaries start dying, it must be a wake-up call."

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