Gene Wilder, who had emerged to be one of America's most prominent actors, and comedian, known for his iconic role in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory died at the age of 83, in his residential house in Stamford, Connecticut.
His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman, who is a film-maker, confirmed about the cause of his death as Alzheimer's disease.
"We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones this illness-pirate," Pearlman said.
"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." He added.
"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."
"He 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." He said in a statement.
The celebrated comic actor, was twice nominated for the prestigious Oscar, for his character portrayal in the movies The Producers and Young Frankenstein.
Gene Wilder not anly acted in films, but also had been a seasoned stage actor, novelist, screen writer and director.