Willy Wonka star Denise Nickerson,62, is taken off life support

Carla Harmon
July 11, 2019

Denise Nickerson, who starred as the gun-snapping Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 film, "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory", has died at 62 after being taken off life support Tuesday, her family said.

She appeared in more than 70 episodes of Dark Shadows, 130 episodes of The Electric Company and had a role in The Brady Bunch.

"We spent all day in the ER and she was finally moved into the ICU last night".

She landed the role of Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory when she was just 13-years-old.

Nickerson suffered a severe stroke past year that left her hospitalized until last Monday, July 8.


Nickerson died in hospital in Colorado on Wednesday at 10.30pm (local time), with her family at her bedside, according to reports.

Jasmine yesterday posted on Facebook a link to a GoFundMe page to help them fulfil Nickerson 's wish to be cremated and have her ashes turned into glass artwork.

When she suffered a seizure, she was put on life support. She was also reportedly suffering seizures after being admitted to the hospital and entering a "coma-like" state. "She's under a DNR order so they aren't putting her on a ventilator or feeding tube". Pictured: Ostrum with Gene Wilder on the set of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory".

Jasmine also asked for prayers for her husband, who has "never really experienced a major loss like this". "He is just coming to terms with the reality of the situation and doesn't know how to process it".

"We don't know how much time she has".


Nickerson had suffered a severe stroke in June 2018.

In Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Nickerson played one of the spoiled children who wins a tour of the chocolate factory.

In the hit movie, her character loses out on winning the factory after she is unable to resist a chewing gum meal that turns her into a giant blueberry.

In 2018 the Denver, Colorado resident had a pacemaker put in, but she had a hard reaction to it and became 'agitated'.


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