Beloved Actor Gene Wilder passed away on Tuesday but he left this world with a secret that never saw the light of day until now. Wilder was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and he didn’t want his fans to know for fear they would be upset with him. That is so touching. He cared about the people that much to think about them until he left this world. That is the epitome of “an angel that walked among us.”
It was his business the way he wanted to handle his disease and death. Because someone is a celebrity doesn’t mean they owe the world their life. They should be allowed some privacy. He was a beautiful person and his movies brought laughter and joy, can’t ask for more especially in these times of extreme hate, he will be missed.
From the Daily Mail:
Gene Wilder died yesterday holding hands with his loved ones while listening to one of his favorite songs – which came on by chance as he took his last breath.
The much-loved Willy Wonka actor was surrounded by his family at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, when he died.
His nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, revealed the touching final hours of Wilder’s life, in which the family gathered for Wilder’s favorite meal – a chicken dinner.
The legendary comic actor, 83, lost his battle with Alzheimer’s disease, a battle he kept secret because he did not want to upset his fans and ‘couldn’t bear the thought of one less smile in the world’.
Mr Walker-Pearlman said Wilder’s family were experiencing ‘indescribable sadness and blues’ after his death, and that it was ‘almost unbearable for us to contemplate our life without him’.
In a statement following the Young Frankenstein actor’s death, Wilder’s nephew revealed that he had chosen to keep his illness secret to avoid upsetting children.
‘The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children would smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion,’ Mr Walker-Pearlman said.
‘He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world,’ the statement added.
Here are four things you didn’t know about Gene Wilder and his role in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory:
He would make me laugh so hard, you remember special moments, and had so many he gave, as some of the most memorable were gifts from him, genius.
What a truly beautiful soul! This defines everything that is good. What a life Gene Wilder, God bless you! May you rest in peace and know that you’ve touched the hearts of so many with your wonder and grace but more importantly made us smile every time we saw or heard your name. What a legacy you leave, we are blessed
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