Tributes are still pouring in following the death of Willy Wonka star Gene Wilder


            	Twitter pays tribute to US comedy star Gene Wilder

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.

Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor
Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor (AP)

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:

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."