Denise Nickerson dead: Willy Wonka star dies aged 62

Family of Denise Nickerson

Family of Denise Nickerson

When she suffered a seizure, she was put on life support.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 19: Cast of Willy Wonka (LtoR) Diana Sowle, Julie Dawn Cole, Peter Ostrum, Michael Bollner, Denise Nickerson and Paris Themmen at the The Hollywood Show held at Westin Los Angeles Airport on July 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Josh revealed on Monday that Denise suffered a medical emergency and had to be admitted to ICU. She had been being looked after by her son and daughter-in-law. "She's under a DNR order so they aren't putting her on a ventilator or feeding tube".

She went into semi-retirement as an actress at the age of 21, acting sporadically and working in doctor's offices as a receptionist and an accountant.

'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'.

According to the family's GoFundMe page, Nickerson, "got into her medicines and took as much as she could" while Josh and Jasmine were away at a doctor's appointment.

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Just hours later, they shared another update, saying the actress was in a "coma-like state".

Denise was just 13 years old when she got her big break in the classic 1971 film "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory". "At some point during this event, she aspirated, and caught pneumonia".

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

Nickerson was a young teen when she played the gum-chewing and sassy Violet who turns into a giant blueberry in the first movie version of the iconic children's book, opposite Gene Wilder as Willie Wonka.

She also appeared in the TV series The Electric Company as Allison, and an episode of The Brady Bunch in 1974.

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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