Comedian Gilbert Gottfried has died at the age of 67, according to his family.
“We are heartbroken to announce the death of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness,” his family wrote in a shared statement. to his Twitter account,
Gottfried died Tuesday at 2.35pm ET of recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type II, according to Glenn Schwartz, his longtime friend and publicist.
Gottfried, who has been performing stand-up comedy for over 50 years, became known as “the comedian of comedy” because his live performances set aside political correctness while delivering jokes that knew no bounds. , “said his representative in a statement.
His comic career led to roles in films including “Beverly Hills Cop II”, “Problem Child”, “Look Who’s Talking II” and “The Aristocrats”. He was also the voice of the wise creaking parrot Iago in Disney’s iconic animated film “Aladdin”.
More recently, in 2017, he was the subject of the documentary “Gilbert”, about his life. He also co-hosted a podcast, “Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast!”, Where he and Frank Santopadre interviewed Hollywood icons and legends.
His family described him as “the most iconic voice in comedy” as a “wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children.”
“Although today is a sad day for all of us, please continue to laugh as loudly as possible in Gilbert’s honor,” his family wrote.
Actor Jason Alexander was one of those who shared his condolences on Tuesday.
“Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh at times when laughter did not come easily. What a gift,” he said wrote in a tweet. “I did not know him well, but I loved what he shared with me. My best wishes and sympathy for his family. #ripGilbertGottfried,
Santopadre described Gottfried’s humor as “glasses, shocking and often offensive, but the man behind the jokes was anything but.”
“Those who loved him and were happy enough to share his job knew a person who was loving, sensitive, surprisingly humble and full of a childlike sense of playfulness and wonder,” Santopadre said in a statement delivered via Gottfried’s publicist. “He will be greatly missed by family, friends, fans and comedy lovers all over the world. To tell Gilbert himself, ‘Too soon!'”
Other celebrities also mourn Gottfried on social media, sharing good memories they had with him and the impact he had on their lives.
“I’m so sad to read about the death of Gilbert Gottfried,” Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin wrote in a tweet, ,Funny, politically incorrect but a soft inside. We met many times; he even stabbed me on a plane, and replaced my interpreter @ 655 jack (they are like twins). Send love to Dara and his children.
Brian Koppelman, “Billions” co-creator and showrunner, said Gottfried’s uprising “changed” him.
“Gilbert Gottfried means more to me than you probably know,” he said wrote in a tweet“I talked about this on my podcast and on his, but when I was 14, I saw him get up, and it changed me. His subversiveness and courage were unmatched. And he made you laugh. This sucks.”
Comedian Dane Cook said, “Gottfried was never funny.”
“He was a nice guy, always friendly and made a lot of people happy,” Cook said wrote in a tweet,
Conan O’Brien reminded him that he saw Gottfried perform in 1985.
“When he came in with applause, he said, ‘Thank you, thank you very much.’ twittere“It was the most nervous, funny thing I’ve ever seen. So sorry to lose this sweet and wonderfully funny man.”
Gottfried is survived by his wife Dara, daughter Lily, 14, son Max, 12, sister Karen and cousin Graham.
Amanda Sidman contributed,