One of our all time favourite comedic actors, Gene Wilder, has sadly passed away at 83-years-old due to reported complications with Alzheimers.

He brought magic into our lives when he played his most coveted role as Willy Wonka in the book-to-screen adaption of the Roald Dahl novel.

He always stole the show with his roles in the likes of The Producers, Young Frankenstein and See No Evil Hear No Evil and has left family, friends and fans alike devastated about his loss.

The American actor died in his home in Stamford, Connecticut, surrounded by his loved ones. Wilder’s nephew, Jordan Walker-Perlman, stated:

“We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, 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. 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,” 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 continued to enjoy art, music, and kissing with his leading lady of the last twenty-five years, Karen. He danced down a church aisle at a wedding as parent of the groom and ring bearer, held countless afternoon movie western marathons and delighted in the the company of beloved ones.”

An outpour of condolences and heartfelt messages about the iconic actor have buzzed on social media since his passing on Monday August 29th, with many celebrities who worked alongside him or looked up to him joining in on the tributes:

Fellow comedic actor, Jim Carrey, left one of the most fitting messages to the Hollywood legend:

If there’s a heaven he has a golden ticket‘.