Comedian Jason Wood dies aged 38

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Musical impersonator and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Jason Wood has died.

The 38-year-old died in his sleep on Saturday night, his agent said today. Post-mortem examination results have not been returned yet.

“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 & 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, from Bedfordshire, was best known for his impressions of stars such as Cher and Morrisey.

He appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2004 and was the first person to be voted out.