Denise Nickerson: Violet Beauregarde actress dies aged 62
Denise Nickerson, the former child actress who played Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has died aged 62.
Nickerson's family announced the news in a Facebook post that read: "She's gone."
In earlier updates on social media, her family said she had pneumonia and had experienced several seizures.
Nickerson - who was cast opposite Gene Wilder at the age of 13 - had previously survived a stroke in 2018.
On Tuesday, her family made a GoFundMe page to help cover her medical costs. Prior to her death, they said she had been given morphine "to keep her pain free and slow her breathing".
They wrote: "She has random and semi-frequent seizures, but their intensity has grown far less severe as the day has progressed. Things have been relatively quiet and peaceful all day.
"We've had visitors to share fond memories, say their goodbyes, lift our spirits, and support us. We've taken turns resting, and crying, and coping, and back again."
Born in New York City in 1957, Nickerson's first TV roles were on the gothic US soap opera Dark Shadows as Amy Jennings and Nora Collins. -BBC