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Actor Who Played Charlie In Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Says Gene Wilder's Death Is 'Like Losing A Parent'

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Those who knew Gene Wilder are struggling to process his death.

On Monday, the icon passed away at 83 years old due to complications with Alzheimer's Disease. And on Tuesday, the man who once starred as Charlie alongside the late legend in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory is speaking out about the sad loss.

Related: James Corden Remember Gene In Late Late Show Tribute

Peter Ostrum opened up to Variety about the acclaimed actor's passing, admitting that his older costar was almost like a father figure, even though they hadn't seen each other since production wrapped on their 1971 film:

"It's kind of like losing a parent. You know it's going to happen, but it's still a shock. He was not in good health at the end and it was not unexpected by any means, but when it happens it hits you like, 'Gene is gone and there will never be anyone like him again.'"

Peter explained he only has fond memories of the Young Frankenstein alum, adding:

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