Famed comedian Tim Wilson died of a heart attack on Wednesday, just four days after giving his last performance. He was 52 years old.
According to his manager Chris DiPetta, the stand-up comic and country music artist performed at a gig in Bay City, Michigan after which he traveled to his hometown of Columbus, Georgia to visit his brother. Wilson was set to perform in multiple shows for the upcoming weekend at the comedy club The Stardome in Birmingham, Alabama.
The comedian was rushed to the hospital by his brother after Wilson complained of shortness of breath. It was at the hospital that Wilson suffered a massive heart attack, to which he succumbed at 9:15 p.m.
Timothy Collins “Tim” Wilson was best known for his distinctive style of comedy, which he infused with original country songs such as Garth Brooks Ruined My Life and Jeff Gordon’s Gay. He has also been a recurring figure on the American radio program “The Bob and Tom Show” since 1995.
DiPetta, who has also managed comic great Steve Harvey and “Mike and Molly” star Billy Gardell, said that Wilson was a well-loved fellow who had a flair for telling stories through his music and comedic characters. Apart from stand-up, Wilson also recorded more than a dozen records and appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Wilson also wrote a book with author Roger C Keiss entitled, “Happy New Year – Ted”, which discusses Keiss’ theory about serial killings that took place in the 1970s.
Several friends in the comedy community have tweeted their condolences to Wilson’s friends and family. The FOX-syndicated radio program The John Boy and Billy Big Show paid Wilson a tribute by posting montage of memories on their website.
Sad to hear about the death of #Tim Wilson yesterday. Sad. Too young.
— Brad Fuller (@bfiddy42) February 27, 2014
Right now, Tim Wilson is probably teaching God the chords to Trailer Park Woman. Tim Wilson The trailer park king of heaven. #RIPTimWilson
— Bob Kevoian (@bobkevoian) February 27, 2014
Tim Wilson visitation: Vance Brook Funeral Home 4048 Macon Road Columbus, GA 31907 Visitation will be Sunday-Funeral will be Monday.
— Roy Wood Jr-Fry Cook (@roywoodjr) February 27, 2014
Wilson is survived by his wife Deidre, 24-year-old daughter, and 15-year-old son. DiPetta announced that the comedian’s funeral services will be held this weekend in his hometown.
Tim Wilson (1961-2014), quintessential road comic and Georgia native | Radio and TV Talk http://t.co/7utZAHAoHz
— The BOB & TOM Show (@bobandtom) February 27, 2014
Tim Wilson: The Punchline
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