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Gene Wilder — Dead at 83

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0829-gene-wilder-GETTY-01Gene Wilder — star of classics like “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein” and more — has died. 

The actor passed away Monday from complications from Alzeimer’s disease, according to his agent. The rep says Wilder kept his condition secret because he didn’t want to force children — who still called out “there’s Willy Wonka” — to ask questions about the illness.

Wilder was 83.