Actress Denise Nickerson, best known as Violet from the 1971 film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," has died at age 62, her family said in a Facebook post late Wednesday.
"She's gone," read the post, which came days after the former child star was hospitalized for a "medical emergency," Entertainment Weekly reported.
On Monday, family members said Nickerson "had seizures this morning and is in pulmonary and respiratory distress."
"The doctors have found that she aspirated and has developed pneumonia," the family wrote on Facebook at the time.
Earlier Wednesday, the family removed Nickerson, who had a do-not-resuscitate order in place, from "basic machines" such as an IV drip and an oxygen pump "because it wasn't helping her," according to another post.
Before she starred in "Willy Wonka" at age 13, Nickerson appeared in the television series "Dark Shadows" from 1968 to 1970. She also landed roles in "The Electric Company," "The Brady Bunch" and other shows and movies before she stopped acting in 1978, Entertainment Weekly reported.
© 2020 Cox Media Group