US actor GENE WILDER, remembered by many for his lead role in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has died at the age of 83.
The comic actor starred in classic films such as The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.
He died on Sunday in Stamford, Connecticut, due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
Wilder’s other well-known roles included the Waco Kid in the 1974 cult classic Blazing Saddles and Doctor Ross in Woody Allen’s 1972 film.
Tributes from the comedy world came within minutes of the news emerging.