One of the stars of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” has been taken off life support one year after she suffered a stroke. The family of Denise Nickerson posted a message on Facebook delivering the news.
“They just took off all the equipment,” the message says. “None of it was helping, but making her only more uncomfortable. We’re telling her it’s okay to let go.”
Nickerson played Violet Beauregarde in the classic 1971 movie.
The New York Post’s Page Six reports that things took a bad turn this week for the 62-year-old actress.
“On Monday, Denise … ‘got into her medicines and took as much as she could,’ the GoFundMe set up by her family states,” The Post reports. The family reported: “Josh stopped her and rushed her to the ER. At some point during this event, she aspirated, and caught pneumonia.”
The Post report adds: “On Tuesday, Denise suffered a ‘massive seizure’ that, combined with her past stroke and pneumonia, put her in a ‘coma-like state.’”
The family, which set up the GoFundMe site to pay for “death expenses,” wrote: “We are heartbroken and reliving a grief we’ve lived every single day since she had the stroke over a year ago.”
They added: “Although she had the fame and notoriety, there is no inheritance. No life insurance. No end of life nest egg,” the family writes. “Just our income which isn’t even enough. And Denise’s wish is to be cremated and her ashes made into a piece of glass art.”