'The most divine, radiant person.' Cal Wilson's friends and family pay tribute.

Following the news that New Zealand-born comedian Cal Wilson has passed away, tributes from titans of the industry have been flowing in.

Wilson's management confirmed today that she died following a short illness.

She passed away surrounded by family and friends at Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She was just 53, and is survived by her husband Chris and teenage son Digby.

A statement from her team read: "We are devastated to share the news. Cal's generosity, talent and friendship have been constants in the Australian comedy scene for the last 20 years. Cal was loved by her family, friends, fans and peers and a huge hole has been torn in the heart of our community." 


Friends and colleagues throughout the industry have paid tribute on social media, sharing what they loved most about Wilson and their fondest memories. 

Grant Denyer said: "Oh my goodness. I'm shaking. I can't believe what I'm reading. How unbelievably sad. The most tender, kind, generous and talented performer I've ever had the pleasure to work alongside. This is devastating. Her poor family. Love you Cal… thanks for everything. You are very special. Xox."

Rebel Wilson also shared a message of condolences, writing: "This is so tragic and my heart goes out to Cal's family. I was very very lucky to work with Cal on multiple projects especially over the last few years where she wrote brilliant material for me. She was amazingly talented and amazingly kind."

Fellow comedian Urzila Carlson said her "heart is broken" for Wilson's family, and for all who met her.

Myf Warhurst added: "Oh Cal, what utterly devastating news. What a joy it was to be in her magnificent orbit over the years. My love to all who love her x."

Judge on The Block Shaynna Blaze wrote: "I can't even comprehend this right now. The most divine, radiant person who I have watched, admired and worked alongside. This is heartbreaking. So much love to her husband, son and family. This is a very very sad day."

Additional tributes have come in from Rove McManus, Harley Breen, Maria Thattil, Merrick Watts and more.


Wilson was most recently a co-host of The Great Australian Bake Off. Her fellow co-hosts throughout the years have also offered their condolences.

Comedian Mel Buttle said: "Always warm, always welcoming, always kind, a generous performer and always funny. I'd hope to be even just one of the things on that list. You're deeply missed. Love you Cal x."

One of the show's judges, Australian chef Darren Purchese, penned a lengthy statement on his Instagram, detailing the impact Wilson had on his life.

"I am utterly devastated to hear my beautiful friend Cal is no longer with us. I cannot even start to comprehend what her amazing husband Chris and her cherished son Digby must be going through. I am so sorry for all of this," he wrote.


"She was the most professional person I have worked with. I learned so much from Cal, we shared a car from work every night and we would have long chats about everything. I would pick her brains about learning lines, writing, performing, movies, TV, music and the world in general. I would try to convince her that Brussels sprouts were delicious but she would have none of it.

"I am sorry this has happened to such a good person and I cannot get out of my head the last time I saw her when she was very sick. I wish I could give her a hug and tell her how much she means to me and so many people."

Prior to her death, Wilson had appeared on Adam Miller's Bakeology podcast where she was asked about the legacy she might leave behind for her 14-year-old son, Digby.

"What do you think Digby will remember you for?" the host asked.

"I think it will be for pancakes because that's a fairly regular weekend thing," Wilson said.

"And when you serve the pancakes, you throw them like a frisbee, the first couple, and then if you're going to have maple syrup on them, obviously you don't do that. You always do the test pancake – hurl it across the kitchen.

"We make a lot of gingerbread together. Well, we start making it together and he goes off with the lump of dough as any good child should."

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