• LITTLE RIVER BAND - THE OTHER GUY

    Now Playing

    THE OTHER GUY - LITTLE RIVER BAND

  • CARLY SIMON - YOU'RE SO VAIN

    Previously Played

    YOU'RE SO VAIN - CARLY SIMON

  • JENNIFER PAIGE - CRUSH

    Previously Played

    CRUSH - JENNIFER PAIGE

  • Earth, Wind & Fire - AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE

    Previously Played

    AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE - Earth, Wind & Fire

  • ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK - FOREVER LIVE AND DIE

    Previously Played

    FOREVER LIVE AND DIE - ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK

  • CAROLE KING - IT'S TOO LATE

    Previously Played

    IT'S TOO LATE - CAROLE KING

  • ERIC CARMEN - HUNGRY EYES

    Previously Played

    HUNGRY EYES - ERIC CARMEN

  • ADELE - WHEN WE WERE YOUNG

    Previously Played

    WHEN WE WERE YOUNG - ADELE

  • STEELY DAN - RIKKI DON'T LOSE THAT NUMBER

    Previously Played

    RIKKI DON'T LOSE THAT NUMBER - STEELY DAN

  • PAUL McCARTNEY & STEVIE WONDER - EBONY & IVORY

    Previously Played

    EBONY & IVORY - PAUL McCARTNEY & STEVIE WONDER

  • HOT CHOCOLATE - IT STARTED WITH A KISS

    Previously Played

    IT STARTED WITH A KISS - HOT CHOCOLATE

  • SUPERTRAMP - Breakfast In America

    Previously Played

    Breakfast In America - SUPERTRAMP

  • CELINE DION - BECAUSE YOU LOVED ME

    Previously Played

    BECAUSE YOU LOVED ME - CELINE DION

  • SADE - SMOOTH OPERATOR

    Previously Played

    SMOOTH OPERATOR - SADE

  • Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - OLD TIME ROCK & ROLL

    Previously Played

    OLD TIME ROCK & ROLL - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

  • KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND - GIVE IT UP

    Previously Played

    GIVE IT UP - KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND

  • ORLEANS - DANCE WITH ME

    Previously Played

    DANCE WITH ME - ORLEANS

  • GRAYSON HUGH - TALK IT OVER

    Previously Played

    TALK IT OVER - GRAYSON HUGH

  • FLEETWOOD MAC - DREAMS

    Previously Played

    DREAMS - FLEETWOOD MAC

  • GEORGE MICHAEL/QUEEN - SOMEBODY TO LOVE

    Previously Played

    SOMEBODY TO LOVE - GEORGE MICHAEL/QUEEN

  • CYNDI LAUPER - GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN

    Previously Played

    GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN - CYNDI LAUPER

Willy Wonka's Denise Nickerson has passed away

Section
News,
Publish Date
Friday, 12 July 2019, 10:12AM

Denise Nickerson - who was best known for playing Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory - has died following a short illness.

The 62-year-old former actress was rushed to hospital earlier this week after suffering from pneumonia.

She was left on life support after also suffering a massive seizure, but her family made the decision to end her treatment.

Her family confirmed the news on Wednesday in a Facebook post, simply writing: "She's gone."

The Zero To Sixty star's son Josh Nickerson and his wife Jasmine were by her hospital bedside and have also set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to fulfil Denise's last wish of being cremated and having her ashes turned into glass artwork.

Last year, Denise - who quit acting in 1978 to become a nurse - spent time in intensive care after suffering a stroke and her family later revealed she had had a pacemaker fitted and would likely need "24 hour care" for the rest of her life.

Before landing the role alongside the late Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in the 1971 children's classic, Denise portrayed Allison in the Sesame Street spin-off The Electric Company.

The actress also appeared in the soap opera Search for Tomorrow, in Dark Shadows and had a number of big-screen roles, before she retired from acting at the age of 21.

Listen Live Here Listen Live on iHeartRadio