The comedy world has lost a genius as news breaks of Victoria Wood‘s passing at the age of 62 on Wednesday.
The actress’ publicist says Wood “died peacefully at her north London home with family” after a “short but brave” battle with cancer.
The Brit’s brother expressed his sadness at the news saying that her passing “robbed us of one of the brightest talents of our generation.”
In case you aren’t aware, Wood gained much notoriety in the ’80s and was most-recognized for the BBC sketch Acorn Antiques and comedy Dinnerladies. She won five BAFTAs — two for her ITV drama Housewife 49.
Wood has two adult children with ex-husband Geoffrey Durham — Grace Durham and Henry Durham.
Many fellow industry leaders and comedians have expressed their condolences via Twitter:
Oh for God’s sake who next? Listening to the incomparable Victoria Wood on @BBCRadio4 the idea of her no longer singing is desperately sad.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Kirstie Mary Allsopp (@KirstieMAllsopp) April 20, 2016
I just found out that the amazing Victoria Wood is gone. I have to say I’m gutted and tearful. I hate cancer!
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Boy George (@BoyGeorge) April 20, 2016
Victoria Wood was a national treasure loved by millions. My thoughts are with her family.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ David Cameron (@David_Cameron) April 20, 2016
Shocked by news of Victoria Wood. I worked with her last year and was reminded of just what a superlative performer she was.Only 62 !
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ John Cleese (@JohnCleese) April 20, 2016
RIP the brilliant Victoria Wood. So innovative, funny and down to earth.
This has not been a good year.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) April 20, 2016
Seeing Victoria Wood on TV – working class, bookish, silly, clever, doing stand-up, singing, acting – made me think “Girls can do this.”
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) April 20, 2016
Deeply saddened by the news of Victoria Wood’s passing. She meant so much to so many. RIP
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Jamie Bell (@1jamiebell) April 20, 2016
Very sad to hear of the passing of Victoria Wood. She was a brilliantly funny woman. If you don’t know her work, look her up. So sad.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Paul Feig (@paulfeig) April 20, 2016
Our hearts go out to the Wood’s family during this incredibly difficult time.
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