Stephen Fry has joined the swell of tributes flowing in for Willy Wonka star Gene Wilder, who has died aged 83.
The actor, hailed as a "comic genius", is also known for his roles in classics such as Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles.
His nephew said he died at his home in Stamford, Connecticut, having suffered from Alzheimer's disease, the Associated Press reported.
Jordan Walker-Pearlman said Gene was diagnosed with the disease three years ago, but kept the condition private so as not to disappoint fans.
Mr Walker-Pearlman said in a statement: "He simply couldn't bear the idea of one less smile in the world."
Tributes have continued to be paid to the star following the sad news:
-- Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) August 29, 2016
-- Theo Paphitis (@TheoPaphitis) August 30, 2016
-- Elizabeth Hurley (@ElizabethHurley) August 30, 2016
"Come with me, and you'll be, in a world of PURE imagination..."
Somewhere, my inner child is waiting for me. #GeneWilder
-- Sam Claflin (@samclaflin) August 30, 2016
-- Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) August 30, 2016
-- Sean Hayes (@SeanHayes) August 30, 2016
-- Ed Westwick (@EdWestwick) August 29, 2016
Can't believe the news about Gene Wilder. I was watching Willy Wonka with my son just a few hours ago. Such a brilliant actor. RIP
-- Tom Fletcher (@TomFletcher) August 29, 2016
Singer Lenny Kravitz posted a black and white photograph on Instagram with the caption: "This guy made me laugh a lot! Laughter is a gift. Thank you Gene. #genewilder."