1971’s Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory star Denise Nickerson “is taken off life support after suffering a seizure.”
Her family decided to end it after the 62-year-old was rushed to the hospital. The actress was diagnosed with pneumonia and suffered a seizure, which placed her on life support, according to TMZ.
Denise, who played Violet Beauregard in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, was left in critical condition after suffering from a massive stroke. Her son and his wife have been taking care of her.
She had been staying at home where she was getting care and taking her medicine.
However, her health deteriorated when she fell ill and was rushed to the ER. Doctors said she had pneumonia and was put on life support after she suffered a seizure.
The star has now been taken off her life support.
The family said “it’s now just a matter of time before Denise passes,” according to the site. “Her son, Josh, and his wife are at the hospital with Denise, and have started a GoFundMe to honor Denise’s last wishes of being cremated, and her ashes turned into glass artwork.”
Last year, she had a pacemaker put in but she became ‘agitated’ because of it.
“Her nurse confirmed that she’s having the stomach feeding tube installed tomorrow morning,” Jasmine, Josh’s wife, wrote at that time.
“She’s significantly more comfortable now that the temp pacer (which for those who don’t know, is installed in the neck so they rest all the tubing on the shoulder and it’s very sensitive to the touch) and other shoulder and neck tubing is removed,” she added.
“The temporary feeding tube was also removed (by her own doing is entirely plausible) so she’s not as agitated.”
She also wrote an update about the star’s condition: “They had to move her to a room where they can monitor her more closely. She pulled out her feeding tube and has been trying to fully climb out of bed. Her lung collapsed.
“They just discovered in the last few hours so they are putting a tube in to reinflate it. A rough day so far. Mom and Josh have been up with her today. I’m home sick with a small cold and trying not to worry.”
Denise was a regular on numerous TV shows such as The Brady Brunch, Search for Tomorrow, The Electric Company, and Dark Shadows. Her last appearance was in 1978’s Zero To Sixty.
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