Actor Gene Wilder, Star of ‘Young Frankenstein,’ ‘Willy Wonka,’ Dies at 83

Gene Wilder, the frizzy-haired star of such comedy classics as “Young Frankenstein,” “Blazing Saddles” and “The Producers” has died. He was 83.

Wilder succumbed Sunday to complications from Alzheimer’s disease at his home in Stamford, Connecticut while music from one of his favorite performers, Ella Fitzgerald, played in the background, his nephew confirmed to NBC News.

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