The name Denise Nickerson might not ring a bell with you. You probably remember her as Violet Beauregarde from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Denise passed away yesterday evening surrounded by her family

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Stories came out yesterday that doctors had pulled her off life support, after suffering a "major medical emergency" at home Monday that caused her to be admitted to a Colorado hospital's intensive care unit.

“They just took off all the equipment. None of it was helping, but making her only more uncomfortable. We're telling her it's OK to let go," her family wrote on Facebook yesterday.

At best we can remember, she lived in the Quad Cities in the mid to late 90's. She once visited us in our studio when we were at the other radio station. While in the area she worked at Cracker Barrel in Davenport. There are rumors that she worked at Cordova, but we can't confirm that as our memories are fuzzy.

The family has started a Go Fund Me page to pay for her cremation and to turn her into a stained glass window and have already passed their $10,000 goal.

Read more at Fox News.

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