'Willy Wonka' Star Denise Nickerson Has Died After Being Taken Off Life Support
The actress Denise Nickerson, best known for her role as Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 Roald Dahl adaptation 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory', has been taken off life support, a year after suffering a stroke.
Update: Nickerson's family has announced that the 52-year-old had died after being taken off life support earlier in the day.
“She’s gone,” the family's message read on Facebook, Variety reported.
“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," announced Nickerson's family on Facebook.
The family reported that Nickerson suffered a "severe stroke that caused extreme damage" last year and was taken to the emergency room and ICU on Monday, suffering pneumonia.
Following that, a "massive seizure” occurred the next day, and she has continued to suffer seizures while being in a "coma-like state" since.
“They have upped her oxygen,” her family wrote. “She’s under a DNR order so they aren’t putting her on a ventilator or feeding tube.”
“We don’t know how much time she has. It could be minutes. It could be hours. But no matter what, she’s already gone. We are sitting here with her just trying to keep her comfortable and let her know it’s okay.”
Nickerson stopped acting in 1978 and became a nurse.
In 2016, she paid her respects to Willy Wonka actor Gene Wilder when he passed, noting that he was "so talented and kindhearted".
"You will be sorely missed by so many," she wrote. "All of us have lost OUR Willy Wonka. Love, Violet".
Nickerson's family have set up a GoFundMe to "send Denise off and get some help and peace over the next few months".
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