Rest in peace, Gene Wilder.
The Willy Wonka star sadly died earlier this month in Stamford, Conn. from complications of Alzheimer's disease, his nephew confirmed to the Associated Press on Monday, Aug. 29.
Gene in 1971's Willy Wonka. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Throughout his more than 50 years in showbiz, Gene appeared in hit movies including Bonnie and Clyde (1967), The Producers (1968), Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974), Silver Streak (1976), Stir Crazy (1980), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) and Another You (1991).
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The Oscar-nominated actor was also known for his work promoting cancer awareness and treatment through LA's Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center and Gilda's Club. Both organizations were founded by Gene in memory of his late third wife, Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner, who passed away from ovarian cancer in May 1989 at age 42.
Our thoughts are with Gene's family and friends during this difficult time.
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