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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

'Willy Wonka' Actress Denise Nickerson Taken off Life Support 1 Year After Stroke

VioletThe actress best known for playing the gum-smacking Violet Beauregarde, Denise Nickerson, was admitted to the ICU after suffering a "major medical emergency" at home on Monday. According to her son, Josh, and daughter-in-law, Jasmine, Nickerson got into her own medicine and "took as many as she could" before Josh stopped her and rushed her to the hospital. Nickerson has previously suffered a stroke and required hospitalization in June 2018.

"She’s had seizures this morning and is in pulmonary and respiratory distress. The doctors have found that she aspirated and has developed pneumonia,” Jasmine posted on Facebook to update the public. "They have upped her oxygen. She’s under a DNR order so they aren’t putting her on a ventilator or feeding tube." She has also requested prayers for her husband because he "is just coming to terms with the reality of the situation and doesn’t know how to process it.

Nickerson also had roles in The Brady Bunch, Dark Shadows, and The Electric Company, but would ultimately leave the lime light to become a nurse.

See Sasha Savitsky, 'Willy Wonka' Actress Denise Nickerson Taken off Life Support 1 Year After Stroke, Fox News, July 10, 2019.


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