Denise Nickerson, who starred in “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” (1971) alongside Gene Wilder, died Tuesday night after being disconnected from the machines that kept him alive after a stroke suffered last year.
The family was the one who announced on Facebook the death of Nickerson, aged 62, writes The Hollywood Reporter.
The actress was ill with pneumonia when she suffered the attack, which caused complications.
Born in New York in 1957, Denise Nickerson played the first major role in “Dark Shadows,” between 1968 and 1970.
At the age of 13, she was cast as Violet Beauregarde in “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” About this, he said in 2016, as a tribute to Gene Wilder: “I am very lucky because I was chosen to be part of something that smiles on so many faces.”
She also starred in “The Electric Company,” “Search for Tomorrow,” and “Zero to Sixty,” and in 1978 she gave up her cinematic career to devote herself to caring for the sick.