Gene Wilder, One of the greatest comedians and actors of all time, passed away today at the age of 83. Sadly, Mr. Wilder’s nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, announced that he died from complications from Alzheimer’s Disease.
Wilder and his close friend, Mel Brooks, were always on the cutting edge of comedy and societal issues. They were two amazing comedians who really changed the world.
At least his nephew’s statement on the death brings some peace to this tragic death,
“We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that 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. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.”
So thank you Gene Wilder. You will never be forgotten and the smiles you put on so many faces are proof.