'Willy Wonka' Star Denise Nickerson Dead At 62 — Here's What We Know

Rest in peace, Denise Nickerson.

How Did Denise Nickerson Die? New Details On The "Willy Wonka" Actress Who Died At Age 62 Instagram

She was, perhaps, best known as Veruca Salt on the hit film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Unfortunately, she just lost her life. How did Denise Nickerson die? 

Here's what we know about this unfortunate tragedy. 

1. She played Violet Beauregarde on Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Denise Nickerson was perhaps best known for her role as Violet Beauregarde on Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory


"Her role in the iconic Roald Dahl adaptation remains her most celebrated work. In 2011, some of the movie's key cast members reunited for an episode of "Top Chef: Desserts," which challenged the contestants to create an edible world of wonder," they wrote.

Denise Nickerson was best known for her role on Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.


2. Denise Nickerson quit acting back in the late 1970s.

After her role in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Denise Nickerson took on a few more acting roles before quitting the business in 1978. According to Cinema Blend, after she left Hollywood, she took on several "ordinary" jobs, including working as a receptionist. 

"Denise Nickerson made her TV debut in an episode of Flipper in 1965. She would go on to regular series roles on Dark Shadows as well as the PBS children's' show The Electric Company. She would continue to do many additional film and TV appearances, but would end her acting career in 1978. Her role in Willy Wonka and the Chcolate Factory would clearly be her most popular role due to the way the film has remained relevant over the decades," they reported.

Denise Nickerson quit acting in 1978. 


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3. Her death was announced by her family.

According to NBC News, Denise Nickerson's son Josh and his wife Jasmine were the ones who announced the former actress's death on social media. 

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

Denise Nickerson's son and daughter-in-law announced her passing. 


4. Denise Nickerson died of complications due to a stroke. 

According to Page Six, Denise Nickerson suffered a stroke last year, and had faced a series of medical complications as a result. Ultimately, however, the side effects of the stroke would claim her life. 

"Nickerson, who played the gum-obsessed Violet in the 1971 classic movie, had been receiving around-the-clock care at home after suffering a severe stroke last year. Her condition worsened this week after she “got into her medicines and took as much as she could,” her son Josh and his wife, Jasmine, wrote on a GoFundMe page. The couple, who are expecting their first child in late August, announced on Wednesday that Nickerson was being taken off life support," they reported

Our thoughts are with Denise Nickerson's family during this difficult time. 

Rest in peace, Denise Nickerson.


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