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Gene Wilder Passes Away At 83

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BREAKING: Gene Wilder, star of 'Willy Wonka' and Mel Brooks comedies, is dead at 83, his family says.


The star, who's most prominently known for the roles of Willy Wonka from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Young Frankenstein's Dr. Frankenstein leaves behind a legacy like no other.

The Producers, Blazing Saddles and more of his memorable movies would have not been the same without his acting skills. And whether it be comedy, or deadpan serious, Gene could do it all.

Jordan Walker-Pearlman, his nephew,  was quoted by Variety saying that he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

His nephew also stated that the reasoning for not sharing his illness with the world until now was not for a vanity reason, but rather, Wilder couldn't bear children to realize adults were talking about his illness and that they meant Willy Wonka. Walker-Pearlman said (Variety) "He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world."

Rest in Peace, Gene. We'll meet you again in the world of Pure Imagination.

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