"No more Gene. I can't call him. I can't."
Brooks told the show’s host, Jimmy Fallon, that he knew Wilder was “sick” and that he expected his friend would pass soon — but that he was still shaken when he learned of the death. “When it happens, it’s still tremendous. It’s a big shock,” Brooks said. “I’m still reeling from that — no more Gene. I can’t call him. I can’t. He was such a wonderful part of my life.”
Wilder, who often collaborated with Brooks and starred in the director’s films, died Sunday from complications stemming from Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Associated Press. The Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory actor was 83.
Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship.— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) August 29, 2016