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BREAKING: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory star Denise Nickerson ‘dies aged 62’

The actress, who played Violet Beauregarde in the iconic Gene Wilder film, died at the age of 62, according to reports. 

Denise Nickerson had been at home on Monday and, according to her family, took as much of her medication as she could.

Her family went to check on her and then rushed her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with pneumonia.

On Tuesday, Denise suffered a massive seizure, according to TMZ, and was put on life support.

But her condition continued to get worse and her family took her off the breathing equipment and removed her IVs which were giving her medication.

Denise’s son Josh and his wife were at the hospital with her.

The mum-of-one’s last wish was to be cremated and for her ashes to be turned into glass artwork.

Denise quit acting in 1978 and went on to become a nurse.

However during her 13-year acting career Denise carried a number of roles.

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

Her final acting credit was in 1978 in Zero to Sixty, which also starred the iconic actress Joan Collins.

Denise war married twice during her life, once to Rich Keller from 1981 until his death in 1983.

She then married Mark Willard in 1995 but they divorced in 1998, though they welcomed Denise’s only child Josh.

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