'Willy Wonka' actress Denise Nickerson dies at 62: family

Denise Nickerson played Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

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 had reportedly been rushed to hospital earlier this week where she was diagnosed with pneumonia.

Following that, a "massive seizure" occurred the next day, and she has continued to suffer seizures while being in a "coma-like state" since.

Denise Nickerson taken off life support a year after suffering stroke.

Jasmine, Josh's wife, is not working because she's been taking care of the actress and trying to apply for jobs online even though she's sick and pregnant.

In July 2018 Jasmine wrote, 'They had to move her to a room where they can monitor her more closely.

You can see a clip of Denise playing the character of Violet in Willy Wonka when she expands into a blueberry.

'She's significantly more comfortable now that the temp pacer (which for those who don't know, is installed in the neck so they rest all the tubing on the shoulder and it's very sensitive to the touch) and other shoulder and neck tubing is removed'.

Her family announced her death in a Facebook post late Wednesday night: "She's gone". It's the worst. She's breathing on her own but they can't remove the ventilator today because they don't think she has the strength to cough and not aspirate.

"He's never really experienced a major loss like this", she wrote.

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

Nickerson made her screen debut in an episode of the TV series Flipper, and appeared on shows including Dark Shadows, The Electric Company, and The Brady Bunch.

A huge fan of chewing gum, Violet steals a piece that Wonka - played by Gene Wilder - is developing.

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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