Comic book lover and Red Dwarf superfan dies aged 37

A self-confessed 'super geek' and the Liverpool born editor of the official Red Dwarf website and self-confessed “super geek” has died suddenly.

The ECHO understands that Seb Patrick died of a heart attack last weekend aged just 37.

He leaves behind his wife Jo and five-year-old daughter Lois.

Seb was a massive Liverpool FC fan and a hugely popular figure within the Sci-Fi community.

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He was described as possessing a love of comics and comic book movies which he wrote and talked about extensively in blogs and podcasts.

He was also well known for his work as a writer and editor for the official Red Dwarf website and fan pages.

A tribute on the official Red Dwarf website spoke of the shock at learning of their colleague and friend’s death, saying: “He was a beloved friend, colleague and family member, but most of all a devoted father and husband.

“A proud Scouser, Oxford graduate, dedicated Liverpool supporter, some-time broadcaster and actor, it's hard to find the words that encompass all of who he was, just because he was so many things.

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“As such, it seems apt to sign off his time here by simply saying this: Seb Patrick. What a guy.”

Seb also had a separate career in communications, and on Monday, August 3, his employers tweeted the unexpected news that Seb had died.

They said: “Our hearts are broken and grieving for our dear talented colleague and friend @sebpatrick who died suddenly yesterday from a suspected heart attack. Our love, thoughts and support go out to his family.

“Rest in peace Seb, you will be sorely missed. From all your colleagues. Xx”

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Such was Seb’s popularity as a broadcaster and pop culture writer, well-known figures and broadcasters have also tweeted their tributes.

Empire Magazine tweeted: “Everyone at Empire is devastated to hear of the sudden passing of the great Seb Patrick.

"A superb writer and podcaster, and a ginormous geek, Seb's contributions to Empire — including a memorable interview with Tom Baker — were always wonderful. Our thoughts are with his family.”

Doug Naylor, co-writer and creator of Red Dwarf tweeted: “Devastated to hear the news about Seb. Our thoughts and love are with his family and friends of which there are so many.

"Smart, funny, kind, articulate, he kept the Red Dwarf website going single-handedly. What a guy. I’ll miss him greatly.”

Seb Patrick, a popular figure with the sci-fi community and editor of the official Red Dwarf website has died at the age of 37 after a heart attack

And comedian Richard Herring tweeted: “Was very sad to hear of the premature passing of @sebpatrick. He was a great fan of and commentator on popular culture and leaves behind a young family.”

There were also an overwhelming number of personal tributes from the close friends and fans whose lives Seb had touched.

Ian Symes, a friend who has set up a fundraising page to raise money for Seb’s young family described him as a “dedicated family man” and said: “We're all struggling to make sense of the sudden and tragic loss.”

If you would like to donate to the fund to help Seb's family you can do so by clicking here.

Adding: “Take care of yourselves. Lots of love from Seb's army of geeks.”

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Friend Catherine Bray tweeted: “I knew Seb Patrick from the time we were both awkward nerdy kids at freshers week, endlessly quoting Blackadder and Red Dwarf and The Simpsons, to last week sharing recent music recommendations. I can’t believe he’s gone, I’m in shock”.

And Alexandra Hindley wrote on Facebook: "It must be over 15 years since I last spoke to Seb, but it was always nice to see him from a distance on Twitter and facebook following his nerdy passions in a way few have the courage to do. "

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