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Legendary Actor Gene Wilder Dead at 83

Gene Wilder
(Photo: ‘Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory’ in 1971 – screen grab)

Actor Gene Wilder is dead at the age of 83.

One of his most well-known films some would argue was “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” but he was also known for his Mel Brookes comedies “Young Frankenstein,” “Blazing Saddles,” and “The Producers.”

A number of celebrities took to Twitter to express their sympathies.

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The legendary actor died Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn.

Wilder’s other memorable movies with comedian Richard Pryor include “Stir Crazy” and “Silver Streak.”

Wilder’s family said in a statement he died due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.  Wilder’s nephew said Wilder wanted to keep his battle with the disease a secret so that kids would remember him as Willy Wonka.

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