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“Willy Wonka” Star Taken Off Life Support After Suffering Severe Stroke

Denise Nickerson

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory star Denise Nickerson has been taken off life support one year after suffering a severe stroke.

Nickerson, the actress best known for playing Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, died on Wednesday her family announced. She was 62.

“She’s gone,” Nickerson’s son, Josh, and his wife, Jasmine, wrote in a Facebook post.

She's gone.

Posted by Denise, Jasmine, and Josh Nickerson on Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Her son, Josh Nickerson, and his wife, Jasmine, announced the actress had been removed from “all the equipment” Wednesday morning on Facebook.

Nickerson suffered a “major medical emergency” on Monday, and was taken to the emergency room and eventually the ICU, Jasmine wrote.

The actress was just 13 when she got her big break opposite Gene Wilder, though she told PEOPLE in August 2016 she didn’t actually meet the star until he was in character.

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.

Posted by Denise, Jasmine, and Josh Nickerson on Wednesday, July 10, 2019