Saturday, 20 July, 2019

Willy Wonka child actor Denise Nickerson, who played Violet Beauregard, has died

Denise Nickerson in Willy Wonka Denise Nickerson in Willy Wonka Warner Bros
Julia Gonzales | 11 July, 2019, 13:10

Nickerson, who suffered a stroke a year ago, was at home Monday and, according to her family, she got into her meds at home and took as many as she could.

Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory actress Denise Nickerson, best known for her role as Violet Beauregarde in the film classic, has died aged 62, her family said.

Josh explained they took her off life support so she could pass away in comfort. "She's under a DNR order so they aren't putting her on a ventilator or feeding tube".

Born in New York City in 1957, Nickerson was 13 when she appeared in Willy Wonka, which starred Gene Wilder as the eccentric chocolatier.

"They have upped her oxygen", her family wrote. She was diagnosed with pneumonia then suffered a seizure, which put her on life support, according to a Wednesday report from TMZ.

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

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Nickerson's character Violet was one of the children, including Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Mike Teavee - as well as Charlie Bucket - who get their hands on golden tickets in Wonka Bars. "He is just coming to terms with the reality of the situation and doesn't know how to process it".

Josh revealed on Monday that Denise suffered a medical emergency and had to be admitted to ICU.

In Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Nickerson played one of the spoiled children who wins a tour of the chocolate factory. She steals an experimental piece of chewing gum from Wonka's factory that leads to her blowing up like a giant blueberry.

Gene Wilder, who played Willy Wonka, died in August 2016 from complications of Alzheimer's disease.

Denise's last film appearance was in 1978, as she chose to quit acting.

"The Electric Company" star's son Josh Nickerson and his wife Jasmine are by her hospital bedside and have also set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to fulfill Denise's last wish of being cremated and having her ashes turned into glass artwork.

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