'Willy Wonka' actress Denise Nickerson dies at 62

(Gray News) - Denise Nickerson, who starred as the gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde in 1971's "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," has died at the age of 62.

Denise Nickerson, who portrayed Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 film 'Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory,' poses at Jacques Torres Chocolates during an event promoting the 40th anniversary of the popular children's film and the Warner Home Video Ultimate Collector's Edition launch on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 in New York. (Source: AP Photo/StarPix, Marion Curtis)

On a fundraising Facebook page for Nickerson, her son and daughter-in-law posted early Thursday," She's gone."

Fox News reported she suffered a major medical emergency Monday and had to be admitted to a hospital intensive care unit near her Colorado home. Nickerson suffered a severe stroke in 2018, her family said in a GoFundMe page.

Nickerson had her first major acting role on "Dark Shadows," playing multiple parts the TV show from1968 to 1970.

At the age of 13, she got the role of one of the spoiled children who get to tour of the outrageous chocolate factory in "Willy Wonka." She also appeared on "The Electric Company" before leaving the industry to pursue a career in nursing, per The Hollywood Reporter.

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