Den Of Geek Aug 29, 2016
Some really sad news. The great Gene Wilder
has died, it's been confirmed.Gene Wilder
, the actor, writer and director of unforgettable stage and screen comedies, has died from complications from Alzheimer’s disease in Stamford, Connecticut, according to a statement from his nephew. Wilder was 83.
Wilder was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma and treated with radiation and stem cell transplants in 1999.
Less than two years after Wilder married Saturday Night Live
star Gilda Radner
. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and died on May 20th 1989, at age 42. Wilder wrote and directed The Woman In Red
(1984) and starred in two other films with Radner. After she died, Wilder became actively involved in promoting awareness of ovarian cancer and helped found the Gilda Radner
Ovarian Cancer Detection Center in Los Angeles and co-founding Gilda's Club.
Wilder reportedly became a comic performer in order to cheer up his dying mother.