'As Funny as They Come': Friends, Fans Mourn Gene Wilder on Social Media | NBC Connecticut

'As Funny as They Come': Friends, Fans Mourn Gene Wilder on Social Media

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    Iconic actor and comedian Gene Wilder has died. Wilder brought Willy Wonka to life in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” a role for which he will always be remembered. The same goes for his comedic turn in "Young Frankenstein" and a number of other Mel Brooks movies. His nephew says Wilder died in Connecticut from complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 83. (Published Monday, Aug. 29, 2016)

    Gene Wilder, star of comedy classics like "Young Frankenstein," "Blazing Saddles" and "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," died Monday at the age of 83 from complications of Alzheimer's disease.

    Fans and friends of the star — including legendary comedy director Mel Brooks, who worked with Wilder on many of his films — took to social media to mourn the loss.

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