Denise Nickerson, Who Played Violet Beauregarde in ‘Willy Wonka,’ Dead at 62

Nickerson portrayed the gum-obsessed, self-centered Violet opposite Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka

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Denise Nickerson, best known for her role as the bratty, bubble-gum blowing Violet Beauregarde in "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" died Wednesday night after complications from strokes, her family said. 

She was 62, NBC News reported.

Nickerson's son, Josh, and his wife, Jasmine, announced on Facebook that she had died, writing "She's gone." Jasmine told NBC News that she died at about 10:15 p.m.

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Nickerson suffered a stroke in June 2018 and a massive seizure on Tuesday after complications from pneumonia, her family had said. She entered a "coma-like state" and could not be saved, they said. 

Early Wednesday, the family decided to take her off anti-seizure medication and an oxygen pump because "none of it was helping, but making her only more uncomfortable."

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