A comedic icon has died.
Gene Wilder, star of classics like “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein” and more…died on Monday from complications stemming from his struggle with Alzeimer’s disease, according to his agent. He was 83.
Wilder’s rep says Wilder kept his condition secret because he didn’t want to force children (who, heartbreakingly, still called out “there’s Willy Wonka”) to ask questions about the illness.
Wilder was married 4 times, most notably to Gilda Radner from 1984 until she passed away in 1989. He married again in 1991 to Karen Boyer. Wilder is survived by his daughter, Katharine, whom he adopted in 1967 when he married her mother, Mary Joan Schutz.
This is super sad- Wilder was such a favorite of mine growing up. Thankfully, we have his work to last into eternity. What a gift this man was. My heart goes out to his family.