Cal Wilson’s husband has opened up about the pain of losing the beloved TV star and comedian, one month after her shock death.
The 53-year-old died from a “rare and aggressive form of cancer” in October, according to The Daily Telegraph.
In a heartbreaking tribute on his wife’s Instagram page, Chris Woods revealed the impact of Wilson’s death on himself and the couple’s 14-year-old son Digby.
“It’s been a month today since we lost you, my darling Cal,” he wrote.
“Not a moment passes without Digby and I thinking about you and the amazing, beautiful wife, mother, best friend and human being we have lost. The pain of losing you is something I’ve never experienced, and it’s impossible for me to put into words how Digby and I have been feeling.
“Although Digby and I remain in a world that keeps spinning, for us it is world forever changed.”
Mr Woods went on to recall the “light, love, and laughter” the 53-year-old brought to her family “every second of the day”.
“The words, the silly voices, the jokes, and the love. So much love. We miss you so much.”
He added his family has been “floored” by the outpouring of love and support, and thanked those who have shared messages and stories about Wilson.
“These are memories and recollections that we’ll cherish forever, and something Digby can look back on with fondness – and pride – about his incredible Mum in years to come,” he wrote.
“We thank everyone for their love and support. Throw those curtains wide.”
Wilson, who was originally from Christchurch, New Zealand, and moved to Melbourne in 2003, passed away at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital surrounded by family and friends on October 11. At the time, it was reported she died after battling a “short illness”.
One of Australia’s best-known comedians, Wilson appeared on numerous TV shows during her decades-long career, including Have You Been Paying Attention?, Rove Live, Good News Week, Spicks and Specks, The Project, Hughesy, We Have A Problem and reality shows such as Dancing With The Stars and I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here.
She also worked as a radio host, appearing alongside Akmal Saleh and Ed Kavalee on Nova’s Drive program The Wrong Way Home before landing the breakfast gig on Nova 100 with Dylan Lewis.
Her last appearance was as a co-host of The Great Australian Bake Off alongside Natalie Tran, which was in production before she was first admitted to hospital.
She previously appeared on Adam Miller’s Bakeology podcast where she was asked about the legacy she might leave behind for her 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,” she replied.
“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.”
The comedian’s death sparked an outpouring of grief from well-known Aussies and those in the entertainment industry.
Australian actor Rebel Wilson said Wilson’s death was “so tragic”.
“This is so tragic and my heart goes out to Cal’s family,” she wrote. “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.”
Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott described the news as “absolutely devastating”.
“Cal you are such a beautiful person who always had time for everyone. Was always a pleasure any time I got to work next to you,” he said.
Grant Denyer wrote, “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.”
“A ray of sunshine. You will be so missed, Cal,” fellow Kiwi comedian Melanie Bracewell added.
“Completely heartbreaking news. Cal was the most kind and beautiful soul. Sending all our love to her family,” comedian Nazeem Hussain said.