Former Davenport resident, Denise Nickerson who played Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka, has died at 62

Denise Nickerson, who portrayed spoiled child Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 film, "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory" poses at Jacques Torres Chocolates during an event promoting the 40th anniversary of the popular children's film and the Warner Home Video Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray and DVD launch on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/StarPix, Marion Curtis)

(KWQC) - Multiple media outlets nationwide are reporting that Denise Nickerson, a former Davenport resident, who portrayed Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 film, "Willy Wonka" has died at age 62.

Nickerson suffered a stroke in 2018 and was placed in rehab as she recovered from her injuries. According to the media outlet, Variety, "Despite entering a rehab facility later in the year, her son Josh Nickerson took to Facebook earlier Wednesday to announce her debilitating state which led to their decision to cease life support. “They just took off all the equipment. None of it was helping, but making her only more uncomfortable,” he wrote. “We’re telling her it’s okay to let go.”

Nickerson appeared on Paula Sands Live back in 2000 to talk about her role in the movie as the Adler Theatre hosted a special showing of the movie.

Fans took to social media to pay their respects to the beloved actress.
Some of them thanking the artist for her work, and others explaining what she meant to them:




According to a Go Fund Me page established by Nickerson's son, the bills left behind are large and they "cannot afford to pay for death expenses". You can read more about their family's need here

Her son ends their Go Fund Me page with, " We're sorry you couldn't meet your granddaughter. We love you."

Find more on Variety's article: here