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Mel Brooks and other stars mourn passing of Gene Wilder

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Posted: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 6:10 pm

It was a sad day in Hollywood yesterday (Aug. 29) as the world learned that Gene Wilder, one of the most beloved comic actors of the ’70s and ’80s, had passed away the day before at the age of 83.

The Jewish star, born Jerome Silberman and known for his roles in an array of classic films — from “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” to “Young Frankenstein” to “Stir Crazy” — succumbed to complications from Alzheimer’s disease, which his family said he had suffered from for three years.

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