Willy Wonka Actress Denise Nickerson Dies at 62, Leaves Behind Mourning Family

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July 11, 2019Jul 11, 2019

"Willy Wonka" actress Denise Nickerson has passed away. Best-known for her role as Violet Beauregard in the classic film, Nickerson was 62 at the time of her death.

Nickerson’s son, Josh and daughter-in-law, Jasmine, made the announcement on their Facebook page.

“She’s gone,” it read.

Jasmine Nickerson later confirmed the death to NBC News. "She passed at approximately 10:15 tonight,” she said on Wednesday evening

We reported on Wednesday that the actress had been taken off life support. This distressing medical decision comes one year after suffering a stroke, reported Fox.

Her son Josh, and his wife, Jasmine, announced the news via Facebook on Wednesday.

They wrote, "They just took off all the equipment. None of it was helping, but making her only more uncomfortable. We're telling her it's okay to let go."

Nickerson's family also told TMZ about the decision to take her off a respirator and she is no longer receiving medication. She is only 62 years old.

Nickerson is best known for her role as Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder.

Nickerson suffered a "major medical emergency" at home on Monday. She was then admitted to the ICU.

According to an update on the family's GoFundMe page, Nickerson appeared to have attempted to end her own life.

The post said Nickerson "got into her medicines and took as much as she could" while Josh and Jasmine were away at a doctor's appointment.

Josh reportedly stopped her and brought her to the ER. When they arrived at the hospital, her condition worsened.

"She’s had seizures this morning and is in pulmonary and respiratory distress. The doctors have found that she aspirated and has developed pneumonia,” Jasmine shared on Facebook. "They have upped her oxygen. She’s under a DNR order so they aren’t putting her on a ventilator or feeding tube."

Jasmine later wrote on Tuesday that Nickerson's condition worsened and she was unable to breathe on her own. The former actress is in a "coma-like state."

Jasmine also asked for prayers for her husband. She said her husband has "never really experienced a major loss like this."

"He is just coming to terms with the reality of the situation and doesn’t know how to process it. He says to me a few minutes ago that she won’t ever get to see or hold or know her granddaughter."

Nickerson was previously admitted to the hospital in June 2018 after having a stroke.

In “Willy Wonka,” Nickerson played Violet Beauregarde, one of the spoiled children who won a tour of the factory. Her character, an avid gum-chewer, steals an experimental piece from Wonka’s factory that leads to her blowing up like a giant blueberry.

The actress also had roles in the “The Brady Bunch,” "Dark Shadows,” and “The Electric Company.” She later became a nurse.

Please pray for the family as they mourn her passing.