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‘Willy Wonka’ Star Denise Nickerson Taken Off Life Support

Denise Nickerson played Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Camera Icon Denise Nickerson played Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate
Adrian Cunningham | 11 July, 2019, 13:13

Her son, Josh Nickerson, and his wife, Jasmine, wrote that Nickerson suffered seizures and developed pneumonia, and they made the decision to take her off life support after she entered a "coma-like state".

"She's had seizures this morning and is in pulmonary and respiratory distress".

Denise Nickerson from Willy Wonka.

She has one son, Josh Williard.

"We are heartbroken and reliving a grief we've lived every single day since she had the stroke over a year ago", the family writes.

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".

The family have now told TMZ they have removed the respirator which was helping her to breather and stopped giving her medicine and said it is just a matter of time until she passes away. It's the worst. She's breathing on her own but they can't remove the ventilator today because they don't think she has the strength to cough and not aspirate.

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The former child star played gum-chewer and golden ticket finder Violet in the 1971 adaptation of Roald Dahl's bestselling novel, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

Jasmine also asked for prayers for her husband, who has "never really experienced a major loss like this".

The mum-of-one's last wish was to be cremated and for her ashes to be turned into glass artwork. "Even if you can't donate simply sharing the link, and sharing our story so we can send Denise off and get some help and peace over the next few months would be so awesome".

Nickerson played Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 film alongside Gene Wilder.

She had previously also starred in educational children's show The Electric Company, soap operas Dark Shadows and Search for Tomorrow, and an episode of The Brady Bunch, before quitting acting in 1978 to become a nurse.

She chose to quit acting in 1978 and became a nurse, but she has appeared in a few TV shows since then.