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Gene Wilder, ‘Willy Wonka’ Star and Comedic Icon, Dies at 83

Gene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as
“The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,”
“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died Monday at his
home in Stamford, Conn. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of
complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83.

 

His nephew said in a statement, “We understand for all
the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been
among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never
stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command
of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. The decision
to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so
that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him “there’s
Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing
illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment
or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in
the world.

He continued to enjoy art, music, and kissing with his
leading lady of the last twenty-five years, Karen. He danced down a church
aisle at a wedding as parent of the groom and ring bearer, held countless
afternoon movie western marathons and delighted in the the company of beloved
ones.”

Source: http://variety.com/2016/film/news/gene-wilder-dead-dies-willie-wonka-young-frankenstein-1201846745/


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