Denise Nickerson, known for her role as Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 version of "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," died Wednesday evening after she discontinued her life-sustaining job. She was 62 years old.
Her family made the announcement on Facebook. "She's gone," the message said.
Nickerson suffered a severe stroke in June 2018, after which she came to the intensive care unit for treatment. Although her son Josh Nickerson entered a rehab facility later in the year, he went on Facebook on Wednesday to announce her debilitating condition, leading to her decision to end her life. "They just took off all the equipment. None of this helped, but it just made them even more uncomfortable, "he wrote. "We tell her it's okay to let go."
Nickerson's son and his wife Jasmine also created a GoFundMe page, where the couple releases updated information on Nickerson's health. They reported that she suffered a seizure shortly after admission, and later entered a "coma-like" condition.
Jasmine also noted on the side her heartache for her husband. The pair announced in March that it expects a little girl. "He's just adjusting to reality and does not know how to handle it, he tells me a few minutes ago that she will never see, hold or get to know her granddaughter," she wrote.
Nickerson was on young teenage girl as she played the bubblegum and naughty violet that turned into one huge blueberry, in the first movie version of the legendary children's book, alongside Gene Wilder as Willie Wonka.
Before that, she was in the companion series "The Electric Company" On "Dark Shadows" she played Amy Jennings and Nora Collins from 1
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