Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory actress Denise Nickerson has passed away at the age of 62. The actress was best known for playing Violet Beauregarde in the classic family movie.
The actress was 14-years-old when she starred alongside Gene Wilder in the beloved film. Denise retired from acting at the age of 21 and trained as a nurse.
Denise was rushed to hospital where she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She later suffered a huge seizure which resulted in her being on life support.
Her family decided to turn off her life support at the beginning of this week after her condition worsened.
Denise passed away in her hospital room at 10.30 pm on Wednesday, July 11.
Her family wrote a heartbreaking statement on GoFundMe, “She’s been in a coma-like state. She cannot be saved.
“We’ve been up here with her most of the day and she’s experienced multiple additional seizures. At 3 am (07/10/19) we decided because the machines and medicines are not helping her but only making her more uncomfortable, that its okay to stop administering these things to her.
“We are heartbroken and reliving a grief we’ve lived every single day since she had the stroke over a year ago,” they concluded.