- Cal Wilson suffered from an aggressive form of cancer
- She was hospitalized after collapsing
- Was in the hospital two weeks before her death
Australian comedian Cal Wilson was suffering from a rare and aggressive form of cancer when she died aged 53, Daily Mail Australia learns.
Wilson was surrounded by friends on Wednesday when she died Sydney‘s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
The comedian was filming The Great Australian Bake Off in Sydney when she was rushed to hospital after collapsing on set.
It is understood Ms Wilson battled cancer in secret, only revealing the details of her illness to close family or friends.
She was hospitalized for two weeks before her death, with entertainment reporter Peter Ford suggesting the cancer had something to do with her lungs.
She is survived by her husband Chris and their son Digby.
It has emerged that Australian comedian Cal Wilson has died after a battle with cancer
Doctors are believed to have diagnosed the New Zealand-born star with a rare and aggressive form of cancer
In the hours after her death was announced, Darren Purchase – who serves as a judge on the show – said the comedian seemed “very ill” when he last saw her.
“Cal was light and so cheerful, good person, funny and the kindest,” he wrote.
“This is so unfair and I will never forget my precious time with Cal.”
He also spoke candidly about the last time he saw Wilson.
“I’m sorry this happened to such a good person and I can’t get out of my mind the last time I saw her was when she was very sick,” he wrote.
“I wish I could hug her and tell her how much she means to me and so many people.”
Just five days ago, Wilson appeared in promotional images for Melbourne Fringe Festival act The 50 Year Show.
Tributes to the comedian flooded social media on Wednesday afternoon.
Australian actress Rebel Wilson said: “This is so tragic and my heart goes out to Cal’s family.”
“I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Cal on several projects, particularly in the last few years where she has written brilliant material for me. “She was incredibly talented and incredibly kind.”
Adam Miller, who was a finalist on The Great Australian Bake Off this year, also paid tribute, recalling the moment Wilson comforted him on set.
“I can’t stop thinking about the time Cal saw me alone in the corner of the Bake Off shed and realized I was pretty overwhelmed by it all and he gave me the warmest, most comforting hug,” wrote he.
The comedian collapsed on the set of The Great Australian Bake Off a few weeks ago
“At that moment I burst into tears and she just stood there and shared words of wisdom and hilarious words to get me through that moment.”
Wilson has also worked as a radio and television host, actress and author. She appeared in the television shows “Spicks and Specks,” “Would I Lie to You,” and “Good News Week.”
Radio presenter Myf Warhurst, who frequently appeared with Wilson on ABC’s Spicks and Specks, wrote: “Oh Cal, what absolutely devastating news.” What a joy it has been to be in her great orbit over the years . My love to everyone who loves her x’
The show’s host, Adam Hills, shared his own tribute.
“The news of Cal’s death broke me a little, but the love for her was so heartwarming,” he wrote.
“She was one of the best people in life and she made everyone happy.” Everyone. From the stage and on the stage. This is how you live a life. May her spirit live on. I love you, Calbo.’
Comedian and TV presenter Julia Zemiro said: “Very generous.” Very best. “A huge hole in the art scene and in my heart.”
The comedian was in Sydney filming Bake Off when she was rushed to hospital following treatment for lower back pain
She is survived by her husband Chris (pictured on their wedding day) and their son Digby
The 53-year-old has appeared at the Melbourne Comedy Festival 14 times and most recently co-hosted The Great Australian Bake Off