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Willy Wonka actress Denise Nickerson dies at the age of 62 [Updated]

Best known as Violet Beauregarde in 1972's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

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Denise Nickerson life support death obituary
Denise Nickerson

    Actress Denise Nickerson has died. Nickerson, who was 62, was best known for her role as Violet Beauregarde in the 1972 version of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

    Nickerson also appeared in The Brady BunchDark Shadows, and The Electric Company. She later retired from acting and became a professional nurse

    She suffered a stroke last year, and returned to the hospital on Tuesday after suffering seizures. On Wednesday, the family announced that they had decided to take her off life support and have issued an order not to resuscitate. She was taken off life support on Wednesday and passed away that evening at 10:30 p.m. local time.

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    Currently, the family is seeking donations via GoFundMe to help cover burial and healthcare costs. As noted on the donation page,

    “We cannot afford to pay for death expenses. Although she had the fame and notoriety, there is no inheritance. No life insurance. No end of life nest egg. Just our income which isn’t even enough. And Denise’s wish is to be cremated and her ashes made into a piece of glass art. We will need to urgently pay for these things as well as need help with our home expenses. Rent, bills, groceries. Jasmine is not working due to her caring for Denise and trying to apply for jobs while home sick and pregnant, and Josh is missing work from both jobs to be here in the hospital.”

    To make a donation, head here.

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