British comedian Sean Lock, 58, who died overnight from cancer, previously had the disease 30 years ago – which he discovered after a one-night stand.
The 8 Out Of 10 Cats star was first diagnosed with a skin melanoma in 1990 after a woman, known simply as “Tina”, spotted “something weird” on his back.
“I asked her what it looked like and she said it was a patch of skin which was black, misshapen, with a crusty texture and about the size of a 10p piece,” Lock told the Daily Mail in 2010.
His GP referred him to a dermatologist who confirmed it was a malignant melanoma.
Medics successfully removed the cancer – but warned that it would have almost certainly spread if it had been spotted later.
“I never saw Tina again, but if I happen to bump into her, the first thing I’ll tell her is that she saved my life,” Lock said in the interview. He made a full recovery from the skin cancer at the time.
Lock ditched working as a labourer and started making a living as a performer full-time in 1991.
By 1993, he was a rising star appearing on TV alongside comedy duo Rob Newman and David Baddiel on Newman and Baddiel.
Lock even accompanied the duo for the first comedy show at the old Wembley Stadium.