Johnny Depp Dead? Willy Wonka Actor Died Today

Johnny Depp Dead? Willy Wonka Actor Died Today
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Gene Wilder, 83, died late Sunday at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, after suffering from Alzheimer’s diseases. Fans expressed both surprise and grief at the news. However, many mistook the original Willy Wonka for Johnny Depp and the social media went buzzing.


“Me: the guy from Willy Wonka died today; Hunter: at first I thought it was Johnny Depp and I got REALLY emotional,” shared a user on Twitter.

“#WillyWonka so since Johnny Depp died.. no more pirates of the Caribbean?” tweeted a user after the news broke.

Also Read: Gene Wilder Cause Of Death – Did Willy Wonka Suffer Before Demise?

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Willy Wonka, the character which was originally played by Gene Wilder, was portrayed by Depp in the 2005 remake, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.’ However, many believe that Depp’s rendition of the 1970s classic ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,’ to be not as good as the original.

In 2013, the screen legend said that Depp’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ was an “insult” to his adaptation of the Ronald Dahl children’s novel. He, however, praised Depp but said that he didn’t care for Tim Burton as a director.

“He’s [Burton] a talented man, but I don’t care for him doing stuff like he did,” he was quoted as saying by the Mail Online.

Wilder’s nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, said in a statement that the actor could recognize all his loved ones, despite the illness and that he kept his condition a secret until the last day of his life. He added that Wilder tried to live his life to the fullest and did not let his illness get the better of him.

“He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world,” Walker-Pearlman said in a statement, as quoted by “He continued to enjoy art, music, and kissing with his leading lady of the last twenty-five years, Karen. He danced down a church aisle at a wedding as parent of the groom and ring bearer, held countless afternoon movie western marathons and delighted in the company of beloved ones.”

Below are some of the head-scratching tweets that broke out after it was announced that the “Willy Wonka” actor died.

Also Read: Amber Heard ‘Aquaman’ Movie – Johnny Depp Could Cost Her Role As Mera?

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  • J.

    The mean tweets wishing death on one star over the other are no better than JDs ex wife (amber heard). It just proves that humans are dumb af sometimes especially when they KNOW that JD was NEVER charged or proven guilty of DV. Amber was arrested for DV (though never charged), she admitted to knowingly smuggling her dogs into Australia AND it was proved that SHE falsified official documents. Uneducated people about Depp and Heard make people seem dumb af. Not everyone should be allowed a twitter account or to open their mouths.

  • havithreatendub4

    My kids didn’t like Gene Wilder as Wonka. They both, a girl and a boy, preferred Johnny Depp’s version. My son said Johnny Depp’s portrayal met his imagined idea of Wonka.

    My guess is they are both super actors and for those wishing Johnny dead instead of Gene, then that’s just mean-spirited, like the tone of this article is.

    I feel sorry for people like them.

    • Henry Rychlicki


  • TJAW

    The jokes about how it wouldn’t be tragic if Depp died instead of Wilder, or that Depp DESERVED to die, are disgraceful to the point where it makes me feel ill inside.

    Yeah, he played Willy Wonka as well. His version of Wonka wasn’t as iconic as Wilder’s. Big deal. Hoping that someone dies, or feeling disappointed that someone didn’t die, because of something as trivial as “he starred in a remake in a movie I like” is utterly sickening. The new movie didn’t replace the original, nor are you forced to watch it. Your childhood wasn’t ruined, nor was the original. You didn’t lose ANYTHING!

    I know it sounds like a broken record to say this, but we are such a pathetically cruel and sad society. I’m not even a fan of Depp, and I’m aware that he’s far from a perfect human being. I just think this sort of thing really shows a dark, sick heart. This is just as bad as “Bowie died? WHY COULDN’T KANYE WEST DIE INSTEAD?!?!”

    Millennials are retards, and frankly, I’m extremely ashamed to be one.

    • Learning64

      And using the word “retards” as an insult doesn’t make you feel ill inside?