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Thread: Willy Wonka Star Denise Nickerson, 62, Taken Off Life Support After Suffering Stroke

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    Willy Wonka Star Denise Nickerson, 62, Taken Off Life Support After Suffering Stroke

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory star Denise Nickerson has been taken off life support one year after suffering a severe stroke.

    Her son, Josh Nickerson, and his wife, Jasmine, announced the actress, 62, had been removed from “all the equipment” Wednesday morning on Facebook.

    “None of it was helping, but making her only more uncomfortable. We’re telling her it’s okay to let go,” the couple wrote on the page they created to provide updates on Nickerson’s health.

    Nickerson, best known for playing the gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 film, suffered a “major medical emergency” on Monday, and was taken to the emergency room and eventually the ICU, Jasmine wrote.

    “She’s had seizures this morning and is in pulmonary and respiratory distress. The doctors have found that she aspirated and has developed pneumonia,” she wrote. “They have upped her oxygen. She’s under a DNR order so they aren’t putting her on a ventilator or feeding tube.”

    Her condition continued to worsen, and by Tuesday, she was unable to exhale on her own due to “weak” lung and brain activity, according to the post.

    Jasmine wrote her mother-in-law was in a “coma-like state,” and that husband Josh was “not okay at all.”

    “He’s never really experienced a major loss like this,” she wrote. “He is just coming to terms with the reality of the situation and doesn’t know how to process it. He says to me a few minutes ago that she won’t ever get to see or hold or know her granddaughter.”

    Jasmine wrote in March that she and Josh were expecting a baby girl, and that Nickerson was “very excited” as the prospect of becoming a grandmother.

    Nickerson was admitted to the ICU in June 2018 after suffering a severe stroke.

    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.”

    She entered a rehab facility in July 2018, and was able to go home in August, even welcoming her Willy Wonka costars Paris Themmen (Mike Teevee) and Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt) for a visit one month later.

    The actress was just 13 when she got her big break opposite Gene Wilder, though she told PEOPLE in August 2016 she didn’t actually meet the star until he was in character.

    “We met him when we were first doing the factory scenes,” recalled Nickerson. “I remember sitting on the bleachers waiting for him to come out of the [chocolate] factory and rumor had gone around set that he was going to do the somersault – and he did and we all clapped. We got to know him a little more when we went in the room that got smaller and smaller [in the film], and when we sign the contract, but when we filmed in the chocolate room and he sang “Pure Imagination” that just, he stole my heart.”

    She also appeared in the TV series The Electric Company as Allison, and an episode of The Brady Bunch in 1974. She left Hollywood in 1978.

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    Very sad news.

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    Yeah, very sad indeed. She still was too young for all those medical complications.

    Her family went through a lot as well.

    RIP

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    Very sad. She was a regular on the original Dark Shadows as well. She was a very good child actress, and often seemed to know her lines better than some of her adult co-stars on that show!

    She also appeared in this Burger Chef ad for the Star Wars poster promotion. The video was circulating on the Pod Stallions Facebook page a few weeks back.



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    She's since passed away... RIP.

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    When we stumble on Willy Wonka while channel surfing, it is an absolute "must watch" in our household. The entire movie is brilliant, including Violet. RIP.

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    Sad news indeed! You will be missed! RIP Sweet Sweet Sweet!!

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    This is a cool Where Are Thy Now documentary

    RIP



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    She was one of the most prolific actors at the time, she was also in Dark Shadows and the Electric Company. Really a terrible shame.

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