Willy Wonka Star, Gene Wilder Dies At 83

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Gene Wilder (real name Jerome Silberman) the star of the classic movie Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory passed on yesterday, August 28, 2016 from complications arising from Alzheimer’s disease at age 83.

Gene Wilder (real name Jerome Silberman) the star of the classic movie Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory passed on yesterday, August 28, 2016 from complications arising from Alzheimer’s disease at age 83.

His death was announced in a statement by his nephew that read, “It is with indescribable sadness and blues, but with spiritual gratitude for the life lived that I announce the passing of husband, parent, and universal artist Gene Wilder, at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. It is almost unbearable for us to contemplate our life without him.”

Gene Wilder made most of our childhoods (or young adulthood) memorable with his role in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. He also starred in other classics like The Producers and Young Frankenstein. He is survived by his fourth wife, Karen Boyer who he got married to in 1991 and his nephew.

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