Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory star Denise Nickerson 'dies aged 62'

Denise Nickerson from Willy Wonka

DENISE Nickerson, who starred as the gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has been taken off life support a year after suffering a stroke.

Nickerson suffered a severe stroke in June 2018. She was rushed to the ER but doctors said things did not look good as she had pneumonia.

In a 2016 interview with People, Nickerson reflected on her time working on "Willy Wonka". She soon went into a "coma-like" state, forcing doctors to place her on life support.

They posted Wednesday morning that she was taken off life support.

Born April 1, 1957 in New York City, Nickerson's first brush with Hollywood came in a 1965 episode of TV's Flipper when she was eight-years-old.

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory actress Denise Nickerson has died aged 62 following a "massive seizure".

At 13, she landed the role of the spoiled, gum-snapping Violet Beauregarde in "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory", alongside Gene Wilder. They have started a GoFundMe to collect some money so that they can fulfill her last wish. She has one son who has been taking care of her along with his wife.

Jasmine also noted on the page her heartbreak for her husband. Just our income, which isn't even enough. During her time as an actress, she would also appear as Allison on The Electric Company and Amy Jennings and Nora Collins in the soap opera Dark Shadows. Her character was known for turning into a big round blueberry after chewing a gum that was not yet ready for consumption.

After her acting career: Though Nickerson retired from acting, she didn't forget the role that brought her greatest fame. Nickerson subsequently left show business, and in April 2001, she and her son moved to Denver, where she works for an accounting firm.

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