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Gene Wilder dead: Celebrities react to 'Willy Wonka' actor's passing

Gene Wilder, best known for his role of the chocolatier in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," died on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, his family said. He was 83.

Wilder died at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, from complications of Alzheimer's disease, the family said in a statement.

Celebrities have taken to social media to share their memories of the beloved actor, who also starred in classics like "Young Frankenstein" and "Blazing Saddles."

See how Mel Brooks, and other celebrities are remembering Wilder.

Josh Gad

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"The greatest comedic mind of my childhood is now gone. #RIP #GeneWilder & thank you 4 your pure imagination. This one hits hard," Josh Gad tweeted.

Alan Tudyk

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"Gene Wilder acted at a different frequency than any other. He was always a moment away from tenderness or hysteria. What an original," Alan Tudyk tweeted.

John Cusack

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"The great ! R.I.P.," John Cusack tweeted.

Elizabeth Banks

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"I just bought a vintage Blazing Saddles poster. 3 days ago. Gene Wilder made my ❤️ dance - you bad, and now may you rest in peace," Elizabeth Banks tweeted.

Olivia Wilde

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"Thanks for stopping by Earth for a while," Olivia Wilde tweeted alongside a photo of Wilder as Willy Wonka.

Uzo Aduba

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"The genius, the talent, the actor, the original, the artist, the storyteller, the creative, the iconic, the great, great, great Gene Wilder," Uzo Aduba tweeted.

Rob Lowe

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"Gene Wilder as one of my earliest heroes. Blazing Saddles, Willy Wonka, are CLINICS on comic acting. Sad to hear of his passing," Rob Lowe tweeted.

Larry Wilmore

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"There's a big hole in Comedy's heart with the loss of Gene Wilder today. RIP Willy Wonka," Larry Wilmore tweeted.

Ricky Gervais

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" 'Good Day Sir!' RIP Gene Wilder," Ricky Gervais tweeted.

Debra Messing

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"A man who lit up the world with his joy and genius. I can't say what it meant to act with him and get to know his heart. RIP #GeneWilder," Debra Messing tweeted.

Russell Crowe

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"I saw Blazing Saddles 7 times at the cinema with my school friends . George St. Cows outside. Gene Wilder you were a genius. Rest in Peace," Russell Crowe tweeted.

Stephen Fry

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"Farewell #GeneWilder, comic genius. Thank you for all those happy happy hours," Stephen Fry tweeted.

Jeffrey Tambor

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"Gene Wilder-- There are no words-- Artist Inspirer and Hilarious just Brilliantly brilliant," Jeffrey Tambor tweeted.

Jim Carrey

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"Gene Wilder was one of the funniest and sweetest energies ever to take a human form. If there's a heaven he has a Golden Ticket. ;^)," Jim Carrey tweeted.

Snoop Dogg

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"R. I. P. Gene wilder. Richard pryors right hand man," Snoop Dogg tweeted.

Billy Crystal

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"Gene Wilder was a giant of comedy. His legacy of films is inspiring. A true genius," Billy Crystal tweeted.

Mel Brooks

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"Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship," Mel Brooks tweeted.

Jimmy Kimmel

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"Gene Wilder was the best," Jimmy Kimmel tweeted.

Minnie Driver

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"What a great and beautiful soul x," Minnie Driver tweeted.

One Republic

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"R.I.P Gene Wilder. We grew up watching you all the time and you made us laugh more times than we can count...u left the world a better place," One Republic tweeted.

Katie Stevens

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"Gene Wilder had Alzheimer's, a disease that has also greatly affected my life. Lets all join together to preserve our memories and #EndAlz," MTV actress Katie Stevens tweeted.


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