Comedy Legend Gene Wilder Dies Aged 83

Death At 83

Death At 83

Comedic legend Gene Wilder has passed away in his home in Stamford, Connecticut, at the age of 83.

It has now been revealed that he had been suffering from the effects of Alzheimer's Disease for about three years now, with the family wishing to keep the illness from the general public so as not to concern fans.

He died as a result of complications from the disease.

Starring Roles

Starring Roles

Having frequently stared in Mel Brooks films, Wilder was also fond of working with another comedy and film great; Richard Pryor - the pair worked on four films together.

Wilder's most famous role will always be 1971's Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, however, he also starred in other classics such as Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974, pictured) and The Producers (1968). 

The Illness Pirate

The Illness Pirate

In a statement by his nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, published in Variety, details surrounding the comedy great's passing were revealed;

“We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality,” the statement reads.

One Less Smile

One Less Smile

“The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him ‘there’s Willy Wonka,’ would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion.

"He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.

Art, Music, And Kissing

Art, Music, And Kissing

“He continued to enjoy art, music, and kissing with his leading lady of the last twenty-five years, Karen," the statement continued.

"He danced down a church aisle at a wedding as parent of the groom and ring bearer, held countless afternoon movie western marathons and delighted in the company of beloved ones'.

The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule

The man we came ot know as Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1933.

He was married four times and described himself as a "Jewsih-Buddhist-Atheist" in a 2005 interview, citing the Golden Rule as his philosophy.

Movie Marathons

Movie Marathons

Stars the globe over have been telling of their love and respect for Wilder on all forms of social media.

It is clear that he will be dearly missed, and we're expecting quite a few Gene Wilder movie marathons to take place over the next few days.