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Gene Wilder is Dead at 83 Years Old

449px-Gene_Wilder_in_AmsterdamGene Wilder, star of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory and many of Mel Brooks‘s movies is dead at 83 years old, according to the Associated Press. His nephew said he died late Sunday from complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Brooks Tweeted that he was “blessed” to have had Wilder as a friend:

Other than Willy Wonka, Wilder is best known for films like Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

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