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 loved ones as she passed away at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney on Wednesday.
The Melbourne-based comedian was in Sydney filming The Great Australian Bake Off when she was rushed to hospital.
It is understood Wilson battled cancer in secret, revealing the details of her illness only to close family and friends.
She was hospitalized for two weeks before her death, with entertainment reporter Peter Ford suggesting the cancer was related to her lungs.
It has emerged that Australian comedian Cal Wilson has died after a battle with cancer
The 53-year-old here on the set of the Great Australian Bake Off before her death
In the hours after her death was announced, Great Australian Bake Off judge Darren Purchase said the comedian looked “very ill” when he last saw her.
“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, who is survived by husband Chris Woods and son Digby, appeared in promotional pictures for Melbourne Fringe Festival act The 50 Year Show.
In a poignant interview on the Bakeology podcast just months before her death, her close friend Adam Miller asked Wilson what Digby would remember her for.
This moment suggested that her friends were aware of her battle with cancer, even though she had kept it a secret from the public.
“How do you think Digby will remember you?” Miller asked.
“I think it’ll be for pancakes because that’s a pretty normal weekend thing,” Cal replied.
She also joked about how much fun the couple had baking.
“And when you serve the pancakes, you throw them like a Frisbee, the first couple, and then if you have maple syrup on them, of course you don’t,” she said.
“We bake a lot of gingerbread together.” “Well, we start making it together and he starts off with the lump of dough like a good kid should,” she joked.
Cal said she hoped her son Digby (pictured together) would remember their weekends together baking pancakes during a touching interview in August
She is survived by her husband Chris (pictured on their wedding day) and their son Digby
Wilson had spoken about her great love for her husband, who works in the education sector.
“Chris is kind and a man of his word,” Wilson said earlier this year.
“One night when he couldn’t stay at a performance, he told me he had to leave because he wanted to see one of his students run cross country. I thought, ‘Wow, here’s a man who decided to become a teacher, not because of the money, but because he really loves it,'” she added.
Wilson met him in a bar in the fashionable Melbourne suburb of Northcote.
“I had just gotten out of a bad relationship and we met at a mutual friend’s gig. I thought, ‘He could be a great fling.'” “Twenty years later, we’re still together with a 14-year-old son,” she told the Sydney Morning Herald in July.
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.”
Tributes to the comedian flooded social media on Wednesday afternoon.
Actress Rebel Wilson said: “This is so tragic and my condolences go out to Cal’s family.”
“I’ve been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Cal on several projects, particularly over the last few years where she has written brilliant material for me.” “She was incredibly talented and incredibly kind.”
Cal Wilson also worked as a radio and television host, actress and author
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.”
Family, friends and colleagues remember the popular comedian as a “warm, caring and happy” person