The actor, who starred in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Young Frankenstein, succumbs aged 83 from complications from Alzheimers, category says
Gene Wilder, the superstar of such comedy classics as The Make and Blazing Saddles, has died. He was 83.
Wilders nephew said on Monday that the actor and scribe expired late on Sunday in Stamford, Connecticut, from complications from Alzheimers disease.
It is with indescribable sadness and blues, but with spiritual gratitude for the life lived, that I announce the passing of spouse, mother, and universal master Gene Wilder, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, Wilders nephew, said in a statement.
He was indicated that Wilder was diagnosed with the disease 3 years ago but retained the condition private so as not to dishearten love. He simply couldnt bear the idea of one less smile in the world, Walker-Pearlman said.
The frizzy-haired actor was a captain at playing panicked reputations caught up in programmes that exclusively administrator Mel Brooks could bequeath, whether recreating a monster in Young Frankenstein or bilking Broadway in The Producers.
But he too knew how to keep it hot as the boozy gunfighter in Blazing Saddles and as the alluring candy man in their own children favorite Willy Wonka& the Chocolate Factory.