Richard Pryor was ultimately one of the or if not thee greatest stand-up comedian of our time. When Pryor decided to take on Hollywood in films he inlisted Gene Wilder as his go to co-star in several films. Sadly today Wilder was announced to have passed away from natural causes. With his connection to Pryor and a respectable body of work; several comedians felt compelled to send their condolences to Wilder, he was 83.
Gene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died Monday at his home in Stamford, Conn. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83. His nephew said in a statement, “We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.
Chris Rock: Willy Wonka was a great movie but blazing saddles is the best thing he ever did. He will be missed. via Twitter
Marlon Wayans: Gene Wilder… One of my favorite actors. Always had kindness in his eyes and a smile in his spirit. Thank you so much for all your great work. You and Richard Pryor made black and white combination hilarity. I thank you for the laughs REST IN PEACE #ripgenewilder via Instagram.
Damon Wayans Jr.: This one hurts. Sleep well, Gene Wilder. Such a big part of my childhood. Such a great actor & comedian. Truly one of a kind. You will be missed. #willywonkaandthechocolatefactory #youngfrankenstein #blazingsaddles And so many more. 2016 has taken so many greats away. via Instagram
Pete Davidson: RIP Gene Wilder, one of the greatest. Forever in our hearts, and forever on my arm via Instagram
DeRay Davis in reference to Pryor & Wilder: Now y’all can make heaven Laff together!!! GENE WILDER #ripgenewilder THE DUO THAT DID IT CONSISTENTLY..I LOVED ALL YALL MOVIES #YEAHTHATSRIGHTWEbadWeBad via Instagram
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