Stars remember Willy Wonka legend Gene Wilder through social media

Posted at 4:39 PM, Aug 29, 2016

Gene Wilder created an insurmountable number of laughs and memories through his acting roles that included roles in several Mel Brooks' films along with an unforgettable role as Willy Wonka in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." 

Wilder died late Sunday at the age of 83, his nephew announced. Wilder battled Alzheimer's disease.

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Jordan Walker-Pearlman said Wilder kept the illness a secret so as not to disappoint fans, according to The Associated Press.

"He simply couldn't bear the idea of one less smile in the world," Walker-Pearlman said according to AP.

Wilder, a legend, drew many tears from stars around the world after they heard news of his death. Here are some of the social media mentions stars made to honor Wilder.