Actor Gene Wilder has died aged 83.
The comic thespian, who was best known for 'Young Frankenstein' and for playing Willy Wonka in 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’, died on Monday at his home in Stamford, Connecticut.
His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman, release a statement saying Wilder’s death was caused by complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
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.”
He is survived by his fourth wife Karen Boyer, whom he married in 1991 and his nephew.
Tributes have flooded the internet with fellow actors and fans paying their respects to late actor.
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