As fans and those who were close to her grapple to come to terms with the loss of beloved comedian Cal Wilson, MasterChef star and celebrity chef Poh Ling Yeow has delivered a touching tribute to her late friend.
The 49-year-old took to Instagram, sharing an array of images accompanied by a series of “beautiful words” that spoke volumes regarding her close friendship with Wilson and her ongoing grief.
Poh shared a sketch of Wilson she had personally crafted alongside a series of photos that offered a glimpse into their friendship, including their adventures on the reality show I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!
“Dear Cal,” she began.
“There was going to be a forever’s worth of silly cat videos, you wrapping pies at Jamface every Fringe, then dinner at mine with all the comedians, me making you avgolemono and you eating it 3 meals in a row, you showering me with quirky trinkets and us sitting on the staircase cradling cups of tea at midnight reminiscing how we both got to eat turkey testicles in the jungle…..then another dozen just one more story’s before creeping bleary eyed to our beds.
“Our beloved, kind to the bone, rainbow Cal. So kind, that every time I shake with grief for you, I imagine your ghost arms holding me because that’s just what you would do. I feel so lucky to have had you in my life – it’s only been 3 years but now I have a forever’s worth of missing those dazzling dimples.
“Wherever you are, friend, I hope it’s really similar to Spotlight except the shop assistants are talking cats wearing gingham uniforms.”
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In response to her tribute, fans flocked to the post, expressing their love and appreciation while praising Yeow for her kind words.
“Oh my. That made me cry. Love you Poh xx beautiful post xx,” one fan wrote.
“What beautiful words for a beautiful woman. I am so sorry for your loss Poh…”
“I’m still so sad at her passing, and I didn’t know her. She truly sounded like one of the best people there was, and she was bloody funny too.”
“Love this friendship so hard. I’m so sorry, mate. Thanks for sharing Cal with us,” another commented.
“The perfect tribute. So sorry for your loss Poh.”
Wilson tragically passed away on Wednesday, October 11 following a “short illness”. Token Artists management confirmed she died 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.”
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.