Tributes have been pouring in for one of the funniest actors in the entertainment industry – Gene Wilder – who passed on at the age of 83.
The veteran actor will be widely remembered for his comedic roles in some classic movies he starred in. Some of his movies include – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; Blazing Saddles; Young Frankenstein; Stir Crazy and The Producers.
Several reports emerged early Tuesday morning, confirming his death. This was after his family confirmed the news to international publications.
“It is almost unbearable for us to contemplate our life without him,” his nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman lamented.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that Wilder died on Sunday in Connecticut as a result of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
According to Walker-Pearlman, Wilder was diagnosed with the disease three years ago. However, he kept the condition private so as not to disappoint his fans or make them feel sad. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less happy person in the world.
Prior to his death, he continued to enjoy art, music and kissing with his lady of the last twenty-five years, Karen. He had once danced down a church aisle at a wedding as the parent of the groom and ring bearer, held countless afternoon movie western marathons and always loved to be in the company of loved ones. Generally, he was simply full of life.
Gene Wilder was a smart, industrious and often very funny actor and writer. He had always put a smile on people’s faces with his acting skills and naturally funny face. Thus, it’s only fair to say that the whole world has lost a rare gem.
Meanwhile, fans across the globe have flooded various social media with tributes in the form of memes and fond memories of the legendary comedian.