We’ve lost another great. Gene Wilder, star of classic films like Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein, has died. He was 83.
Wilder passed in Stamford, Connecticut on Sunday. Has family has stated that complications due to Alzheimer’s disease were the cause of death.
Hollywood has taken to Twitter in droves to honor the late actor.
Everyone from Jim Carrey…
Gene Wilder was one of the funniest and sweetest energies ever to take a human form. If there's a heaven he has a Golden Ticket. ;^)
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) August 29, 2016
to Olivia Wilde…
Thanks for stopping by Earth for a while. pic.twitter.com/gBqYOsdWWp
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) August 29, 2016
…has shared a heartfelt message on social media. Wilder’s close friend and frequent collaborator, Mel Brooks, expressed his condolences as well.
Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship.
— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) August 29, 2016
Wilder also worked alongside comedy legend Richard Pryor on multiple occasions. Pryor passed in 2005.
R.I.P. to a true icon. Your work will live forever, and thank you for the timeless meme.