Comedy Legend Gene Wilder's Family Kept His Alzheimer’s Secret Until He's Gone, Now His Widow Goes Candid On His Heartbreaking Battle
September 12, 2019 13:03
Cinematic comedy legend Gene Wilder died on August 29, 2016 night of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83.
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Wilder purposely kept the disease private because he didn’t want to upset fans who loved his role as Willy Wonka in the beloved ‘70s film "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory." But now that his secret is out, Wilder’s death from Alzheimer’s could bring more awareness to the disease.