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Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Star Gene Wilder Dead At 83

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STAMFORD, CT. – Actor Gene Wilder, 83 died on Sunday, August 28, 2016, at his Stamford Connecticut home from what family describes as complications from Alzheimer’s disease.  Wilder leaves behind his wife of nearly 25 years, Karen Boyer.

Whether you knew Gene Wilder on “See No Evil, Hear No Evil”, “Young Frankenstein” or “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” most grew to love his colorful acting style.

Wilder lost his third wife, Gilda Radner to Ovarian Cancer and he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1999. After treatment he achieved remission but he relapsed several years later. Wilder received a stem cell transplant in 2005 which miraculously cured him.

According to his nephew,Jordan Walker-Pearlman, Wilder was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease three years ago.  He said that he kept his disease private because He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world”.

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