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Comedian Jason Wood dies aged 38

Jason Wood
Wood appeared in the first series of Strictly Come Dancing

Musical comedian Jason Wood - one of the contestants on the first series of Strictly Come Dancing - has died aged 38, his agent has confirmed.

Chambers Management said Wood died in his sleep on Saturday and there were no suspicious circumstances.

The comedian was best known for his musical impersonations ranging from Cher to Morrissey.

He became better known after appearing on the BBC One show in 2004. He was the first celebrity to be voted out.

Wood was also a regular performer at the Edinburgh Festival and frequently headlined at comedy clubs.

His agent added there were no further details as autopsy results were pending.

"We are devastated by the loss of our client Jason Wood," said Hannah Chambers and Sophie Church in a joint statement.

"He was an inspiring and individual performer who believed that 'variety' was the spice of life and whose wind ups were legendary.

"He was also a warm-hearted and caring man. We have lost a friend as well as a client and he will be truly missed."

Wood had most recently been hosting a variety night at The Hospital Club in London.

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