The former actress died at the age of 62. Her family decided to stop the breathing assistance that kept her alive after a stroke. 

Denise Nickerson, a former American star child, died Wednesday night at the age of 62. She was best known for her role as Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and Mel Stuart’s film Chocolaterie with Gene Wilder, released in 1971.

As the Hollywood Reporter reports , Denise Nickerson was on an artificial respirator. She had pneumonia and had a syncope. This was after a stroke last year, according to the BBC . The life support devices were unplugged Tuesday night. 

“They just removed his equipment, none of that helped, it just accentuated his discomfort, and we told him that it’s okay to let go,” his family wrote on Facebook early in the day on Wednesday. .

Born in 1957 in New York, the former actress participated in many series during her early years. Pinball the dolphin in 1965, Dark Shadows between 1968 and 1970 or the soap opera It’s already tomorrow . She had left the entertainment industry in 1978 to become a nurse. 

In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , inspired by Roald Dahl’s eponymous novel, she interpreted a spoiled child, whose passion for chewing gums causes loss. After picking a candy in the enchanted plant, Violet Beauregarde turns into a blueberry.