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Gene Wilder dies aged 83

Gene Wilder
Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder has died aged 83, his family have announced.

Wilder’s most iconic roles were in the early films of Mel Brooks where he played Leo Bloom in 1968’s The Producers, Dr. Frankenstein in Young Frankenstein and the drunken cowboy in Blazing Saddles.

Wilder's nephew told the Associated Press that the actor died late Sunday night in Stamford, Connecticut due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.