Cal Wilson’s heartwarming final act for close friend

Oct 15, 2023
Fans were quick to extend their condolences while acknowledging the profound impact of Wilson's thoughtfulness. Source: Getty Images.

In the wake of Cal Wilson’s passing, fellow comedian Kyran Wheatley has revealed a final heartwarming gesture the beloved 53-year-old made only weeks before her unexpected passing.

Wilson tragically passed away on Wednesday, October 11 following a “short illness”.

Wilson’s passing was confirmed by Token Artists management who revealed that she died after a “short illness” with her family by her side.

“We are devastated to share the news that Cal Wilson, the much-loved stand up comedian, writer and actor died today, surrounded by family and friends after a short illness at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. She was 53 years old,” the statement read.

“Cal’s generosity, talent and friendship have been constants in the Australian comedy scene for the last twenty years. Cal was loved by her family, friends, fans and peers and a huge hole has been torn in the heart of our community.”

While being treated in hospital, Wilson was unable to make the wedding of Wheatley to his partner Ryan Nicholson, however that didn’t stop her from leaving her mark on her friend’s special day

Renowned for her love of crafts, Wilson carefully crafted a personalised centerpiece featuring the couple’s initials, adorned with delicate butterflies, stars, and angels.

Nestled within Wilson’s creation is a carriage, housing figurines of Wheatley, Nicholson, and their adored canine companion.

Wheatley, deeply moved, took to Instagram to share the “beautiful” gesture which he described as “one of our prized possession”.

“Here’s one of our prized possessions. It arrived on our doorstep, unannounced, along with a basket of messages and gifts from friends, when we cancelled our wedding at the very start of the pandemic. It’s an elaborate explosion of trinkets and adhesive that filled a sad day with bonkers joy,” he wrote.

“After a brief journey to Sydney to welcome people at a rescheduled wedding, this work of art is now back on our top shelf, as an eternal reminder of the care, optimism, wit, folly, and hot glue gun, of our brilliant friend Cal.”


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Equally moved by the touching gesture, fans were quick to extend their condolences while acknowledging the profound impact of Wilson’s thoughtfulness.

“Oh my. How beautiful,” one person responded.

“So sorry for your loss. Kirsty and I were shocked to hear the news, RIP Cal! Condolences to Cal’s family too.”

“Oh that’s beautiful. I’m so sorry about your amazing friend,” commented another.

“This is beautiful mate.”

“What a stunning keepsake.”

As fans and those close to Wilson come to terms with her passing it was recently revealed that the beloved comedian died of a “rare and aggressive form of cancer”, as reported by news outlets such as the ABC and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Wilson was reportedly in hospital for four weeks leading up to her death.

She is survived by her husband Chris and son Digby.

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