Gene Wilder who is best known for his role as Willy Wonka in the movie "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" pass away last Sunday in Stamford, Connecticut due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. His family confirmed the news to the Associated Press. Wilder was 83.
He frequently collaborated with writer and director Mel Brooks as well as stand-up comedian Richard Pryor.
The two-time Oscar-nominated actor was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1989.
Mr Wilder's nephew confirmed the actor died on Sunday in Stamford, Connecticut, due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.
Wilder was previously married to Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner, and in the wake of her death in 1989, he became a leading proponent of ovarian cancer screening and research. He’s survived by his 4th wife, Karen Webb.
Tributes from the comedy world came within minutes of the news emerging: