Gene ‘Willy Wonka’ Wilder dies at 83

Gene Wilder, the man who took us on a tour to the chocolate factory, died at the age of 83. The actor breathed his last at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. 

He died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease with which he was suffering for the last three years. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said in a statement that the comedian kept his illness private because he did not want to disappoint young children who would smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka” by exposing them to the problems of an adult. 

His best work includes “Bonnie & Clyde (1967), “The Producers” (1967), “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971), “Blazing Saddles” (1974) and “Young Frankenstein” (1974).