Monday, February 22, 2010

Jason Wood's last Tweets

Two days after his untimely demise, there's still no word on what caused the death of UK comedian and musical impressionist Jason Wood, the musical impressionist known here as the gay British Danny Gans.

There are, however, clues to the 38-year-old entertainer and reality TV star's state of mind in the hours before his passing, as well to what kid of person he was, in his Twitter messages, that continued until the day before his death.

His final exchange with his friend, the Scottish standup comic, author and playwright, Janey Godley, are described in an emotional posting on her blog:

"He twittered me on Friday afternoon to encourage me to play a game on IPhone with him and always sent wee uplifting messages when he instinctively knew you needed them. That’s who Jason was, someone who always had your back.

"We last spoke on the phone when he called to ask me if he should retweet a twitter message he got mentioning his standing ovation, he didn’t think it was gracious to accept the compliment or to let others know he got such praise. I told him 'RT that now! You deserve to take every accolade going and its not being vain, its being happy someone loved your show'

"He was so worried that people would think him up himself for putting the good praise on the web, that’s who Jason was...

"I could go on and on about the lovely things he told me and the nice words of sincerity that he heaped on me but he did the same with everyone. He had a space in his heart for everyone he met; he had the ability to make you feel you were the one person worth bothering about...

"It’s not often in comedy you meet a gracious lovely human with no bad words to say about anyone and Jason Wood was that man... You see that was thing about Jason he touched the heart and made a connection with everyone he met. We all had a special friendship with him.

"He transcended all the bitching, all the jealousy and all the clich├ęs that comedy generates and actually made us better people for knowing him."

Wood's Twitter messages also reveal another connection to Danny Gans: the globe-trotting musical comedian apparently was set to perform in Las Vegas.

He tweeted on Wednesday:

"Have Practised the new Vegas stuff until my head hast demanded no more. I'm sneak peeking them #wambam, #CafedeParis this Saturday. Come x"

Jason Wood never made it. By showtime at the Cafe de Paris on Saturday, Jason Wood was dead.


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