Shock at sudden death of westie comedian Ewen Gilmour

The sun has set on a famous and funny westie and tributes are flowing for Ewen Gilmour.

The comedy legend, whose jokes have been part of our comedy community for nearly two decades, died in his sleep at the age of 51.

Long hair, straggly beard and black t-shirt, Gilmour was proud of his west Auckland roots and the larger than life character brought smiles and laughter wherever he went.

His personal style was unmistakable and so was his comedy.

"This long haired guy come at me looking like Jesus in a swandri, he said hi Mike I'm Ewen, I'm on tonight, and he got up there and I knew he had it immediately," fellow comedian Mike King said.

Comedienne Urzila Carlson says Gilmour was like the inappropriate uncle "doing the dirty jokes over Christmas".

His westie roots were reflected in everything he did and local MP Paula Bennett says it's been a really sad day.

"As you can imagine his face would light up if I was in an audience cause I was absolute fodder for him, and for him to give me heaps," Ms Bennett says.

Mr Gilmour was a regular host for quiz nights out west, cracking jokes and making fun of westies. He won the inaugural Billy T award for outstanding comedy in 1997 and was a councillor for Waitakere City from 2003-2006.

But it was well beyond the west and even the comedy circuit that he had an impact. He stood for Waitakere City Council (Henderson ward) for Team West in 2006 and during the campaign he said he represented the working class.

He was also a tireless worker for the children's charity Variety.

The award-winning comedian lost his wife to cancer three years ago and in a statement his family say they find comfort in the thought that he's now at rest with his beloved Cathy.

*You can post your tributes to Mr Gilmour on the ONE News Facebook page.

Read his Q&A session with ONE News here.

Take a look back at highlights from Ewen Gilmour's comedy career. Source: 1 NEWS

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