Willy Wonka actress Denise Nickerson taken off life support

Brenda Watkins
July 11, 2019

As it stood earlier today, she had too much Carbon dioxide in her blood and she's in nearly a coma-like state.

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. She also had pneumonia.

"They just took off all the equipment". "She's under a DNR order so they aren't putting her on a ventilator or feeding tube".

She had a pacemaker inserted shortly after, but was still at high risk for additional strokes and, according to Jasmine, would "likely require 24 hour care for the rest of her life".

In 1971, she was cast in composer John Barry's ill-fated musical Lolita, My Love before landing her signature role as gum-chewing brat Violet Beauregarde in the film adaptation of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Josh shared on Facebook Wednesday that they took her off life support and she was no longer receiving medication. "Rent, bills, groceries. Jasmine is not working due to her caring for Denise and trying to apply for jobs while home sick and pregnant, and Josh is missing work from both jobs to be here in the hospital".

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In 2016, she paid her respects to Willy Wonka actor Gene Wilder when he passed, noting that he was "so talented and kindhearted".

"He's never really experienced a major loss like this", she wrote. "He says to me a few minutes ago that she won't ever get to see or hold or know her granddaughter", she wrote.

A GoFundMe page set up by her family revealed that Nickerson had a "severe stroke" in June 2018.

In Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Nickerson played one of the spoiled children who wins a tour of the chocolate factory.

Nickerson's career also saw her feature in episodes of The Brady Bunch, Dark Shadows and The Electric Company. They told TMZ at the time that they chose to remove the respirator and stopped giving her medicine once it became apparent that she would not be able to recover.

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