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Gene Wilder’s Family Reveals Why Late Comedy Icon Wanted to Keep Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Private: He Couldn’t Bear ‘One Less Smile’

By Celebrity News Wire on August 29, 2016

Gene Wilder’s family announced via a statement on Monday, August 29, that the comedic icon died from “complications from Alzheimer's disease.” As previously reported by Us Weekly, the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory star d