2019-07-11 08:05:09 UTC
obsessed girl Violet Beauregarde in the beloved film Willy Wonka & the
Chocolate Factory, died Wednesday night. She was 62.
Her family announced her death in a Facebook post late Wednesday night:
In a Facebook post earlier this week, her family said Nickerson, who
had a stroke last year, experienced a major medical emergency Monday
and was admitted to the hospital. Her son, Josh Nickerson, and his
wife, Jasmine, wrote that Nickerson suffered seizures and developed
pneumonia, and they made the decision to take her off life support
after she entered a coma-like state.
Born in New York City in 1957, Nickerson was 13 when she appeared in
Willy Wonka, which starred Gene Wilder as the eccentric chocolatier.
Im a very fortunate lady to have been chosen to be a part of
something that brings smiles to so many faces, she told PEOPLE in
As for Wilder, Nickerson recalled that he was such a kind, tender-
hearted man. And for him to put up with us, my God what patience he
mustve needed for five of us running around [on set].
Nickerson made her screen debut in an episode of the TV series Flipper,
and appeared on shows including Dark Shadows, The Electric Company, and
The Brady Bunch. She left Hollywood in 1978 and later became a nurse.
Following her stroke in 2018, Nickerson entered a rehab facility but
was able to return home later that year. She was even visited by her
Willy Wonka costars Paris Themmen (Mike Teevee) and Julie Dawn Cole
(Veruca Salt) last September.
Nickersons family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money, in part
to honor her wish to be cremated and her ashes made into a piece of
glass art, as well as for their home expenses. She is survived by her
son and daughter-in-law.
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