Denise Nickerson, known for her role as Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 version of the "Willy Wonka & Chocolate Factory", died on Wednesday night after being taken by life support. She was 62 years old.
Her family published the message on Facebook. "She's gone," read the message.
Nickerson suffered a severe stroke in June 2018, after which she entered the ICU for treatment. Despite coming into a rehab facility later in the year, her son Josh Nickerson went to Facebook earlier Wednesday to announce his debilitating condition which led to their decision to cease living support. "They just took off all the equipment. None of it helped, but only made her more uncomfortable," he wrote. "We tell her it's okay to let go."
Nickerson's son and his wife Jasmine also created a GoFundMe site where the couple sends updates on Nickerson's health, reporting that she had suffered an attack shortly after being admitted to the hospital and later entering a "coma" -like "condition.
Jasmine also noticed on the side her heartbeat for her husband. The couple announced in March that they are expecting a baby girl. "He's just understanding the situation in reality and doesn't know how to treat it. He tells me a few minutes ago that she's never going to see or stick to or know her granddaughter," she wrote.
Nickerson was a young teenager when she played chewing gum and sassy violet, becoming a huge blueberry, in the first movie version of the iconic children's book, as opposed to Gene Wilder as Willie Wonka.
Previously, she appeared on the "Sesame Street" series "The Electric Company" as Alison. At "Dark Shadows" she played Amy Jennings and Nora Collins from 1
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