Popular comedian and TV personality Cal Wilson has died, she was aged 53.
Her passing was confirmed by her management to News.com.au, who issued a statement and said she was surrounded by family and friends when she died at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
“We are devastated to share the news that Cal Wilson, the much-loved stand-up comedian, writer and actor died today, surrounded by family and friends after a short illness at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney,” the statement read.
“Cal’s generosity, talent and friendship have been constants in the Australian comedy scene for the last twenty years. Cal was loved by her family, friends, fans and peers and a huge hole has been torn in the heart of our community.
“Originally from Christchurch, New Zealand, Cal moved to Melbourne in 2003 to star in the sketch show, Skithouse. She went on to become one of Australia’s best-known comedians with appearances on Spicks and Specks, Good News Week, Would I Lie To You and in her own Netflix stand-up special.”
A statement was also issued by Wendy Moore, who is the Group General Manager of Lifestyle at Foxtel Group.
“We are all completely devastated to lose such an amazing, vibrant person,” she said. “Cal joined our Bake Off cast last year and instantly brought her unique sparkle to the show.
“Her professionalism, work ethic and genuine heart-warming humour instantly made her a favourite amongst cast and crew, as well as the Australian audience. We will all miss her so much, and our hearts go out to her family and friends.”
Wilson was born in New Zealand and starred on many Australian TV shows. She was a contestant on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Outta Here in 2018 and has appeared on Have You Been Paying Attention?, Dancing with the Stars and The Great Australian Bake Off, among others.
Wilson is survived by her son, Digby and her husband, Chris.