Cal Wilson, one of Australia’s most successful comedians, has died aged 53.
The New Zealand-born television personality died on Wednesday following a short illness.
She was surrounded by friends and family at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. She leaves behind her husband Chris and her son Digby.
Wilson had also worked as a radio and television presenter, actress and author. She starred in the television shows Spicks and Specks, Should I Lie To You and Good News Week.
Beloved Comedian Cal Wilson Dies at Age 53
The 53-year-old has performed at the Melbourne Comedy Festival 14 times and most recently co-hosted The Great Australian Bake Off.
“Cal’s generosity, talent and friendships have been a constant across the Australian comedy scene over the past twenty years,” his management company Token Artists said in a statement.
“Cal was loved by her family, friends, fans and peers and a huge hole was dug in the heart of our community.”
Wilson had crossed the divide from Christchurch to Melbourne in 2003, where she appeared on the sketch show Skithouse.
Wilson is seen on the set of the game show QI in 2012
The 53-year-old has performed at the Melbourne Comedy Festival 14 times and most recently co-hosted Foxtel’s The Great Australian Bake Off. She also featured in her own Netflix special.
Foxtel group chief executive Wendy Moore said the network was devastated by the news of Wilson’s death.
“We are all completely devastated to lose such an extraordinary and dynamic person. Cal joined our Bake Off cast last year and instantly brought his unique flare to the show,” Ms Moore said.
“Her professionalism, work ethic and genuine heartwarming humor made her an immediate favorite among the cast and crew, as well as Australian audiences.
“We will all miss her so much and our thoughts are with her family and friends.”
Tributes have poured in for the actor.
The 53-year-old has performed at the Melbourne Comedy Festival 14 times.
“My heart is broken for her family and everyone who met her because she was incredible. Today is a terrible day,” said Urzila Carlson, another Kiwi comedian.
TV personality Grant Denyer also shared his grief.
‘Oh my God. I’m shaking. I can’t believe what I’m reading. How incredibly sad,” he said.
“The most tender, kind, generous and talented performer I have ever had the pleasure of working with. It’s devastating. His poor family. I love you Cal…thanks for everything. You are very special.’
Spicks and Specks star Myf Warhurst wrote: “Oh Cal, what totally devastating news. What a joy to find ourselves in his magnificent orbit over the years. My love to all who love him.
Block star Shaynna Blaze also paid tribute to him.
“I can’t even wrap my head around this right now. The most divine and radiant person I have observed, admired and worked with. It’s heartbreaking. Much love to her husband, son and family. It’s a very, very sad day,” she said.
Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott said: “Absolutely devastating. Cal, you are such a lovely person who always had time for everyone. It was always a pleasure every time I worked next to you.
Australian actress Rebel Wilson also paid tribute to the actor.
“This is so tragic and my heart goes out to Cal’s family. I have been very lucky to work with Cal on several projects, especially over the last few years, where she has written some brilliant material for me. She was incredibly talented and incredibly kind,” she said.