Denise Nickerson, who played Violet in ‘Willy Wonka,’ taken off life support

Family of Denise Nickerson

The 62-year-old former actress - who played Violet Beauregarde in "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory" - was rushed to hospital on Monday (08.07.19) after her relatives found she had taken as much of her prescription medication as she could.

Earlier, in a GoFundMe page to request help to cover her "death expenses", they said Nickerson had pneumonia and several seizures.

"She's had seizures this morning and is in pulmonary and respiratory distress".

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Nickerson was admitted to the ICU in June 2018 after suffering a severe stroke. "Rent, bills, groceries. Jasmine is not working due to her caring for Denise and trying to apply for jobs while home sick and pregnant, and Josh is missing work from both jobs to be here in the hospital".

She went into semi-retirement as an actress at the age of 21, acting sporadically and working in doctor's offices as a receptionist and an accountant.

"They have upped her oxygen", her family wrote.

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As her condition continued to worsen on Tuesday night, Nickerson's family, which includes her son Josh, and his wife, kept everyone updated via Facebook writing, "They just took off all the equipment". As it stood earlier today, she had too much Carbon dioxide in her blood and she's in nearly a coma-like state. "She's under a DNR order so they aren't putting her on a ventilator or feeding tube".

Nickerson was best known for planing Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 movie, "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory".

"He's never really experienced a major loss like this", she wrote. "We got to know him a little more when we went in the room that got smaller and smaller [in the film], and when we sign the contract, but when we filmed in the chocolate room and he sang "Pure Imagination" that just, he stole my heart".

But when her character ignores factory owner Wonka's warnings and chews an experimental three-course meal gum, Violet morphs into a large blueberry.

Her career also saw her appear in roles on The Brady Bunch, Dark Shadows and The Electric Company.

She made a decision to quit acting in 1978 and became a nurse, but she has appeared in a few TV shows since then.

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