Hollywood has lost another icon in the film industry.
Gene Wilder, who starred in several unforgettable movies including The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, died at his home in Connecticut Monday morning, his family confirmed to NBC News.
"It is with indescribable sadness and blues, but with spiritual gratitude for the life lived that I announce the passing of husband, parent, and universal artist Gene Wilder," nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said in a statement. "It is almost unbearable for us to contemplate our life without him."
His nephew added that he died of complications from Alzheimer's disease, which he was quietly battling for three years. He was 83 years old.
The comic actor, who was nominated for two Oscars over his long career, first got his start on the Broadway stage all the way back in 1961 when he starred in Roots. His performance in the 1963 production of Brecht's Mother Courage would grab the attention of Mel Brooks who later helped him move to the big screen.