Gilbert Gottfried, a well-known comedian, has passed away, according to his family. He had reached the age of 67.
In a message posted on Gilbert Gottfried’s Twitter account, his family said they were “heartbroken” to announce the death of their beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a “prolonged illness.”
His longtime friend and publicist, Glenn Schwartz, confirmed that Gottfried died at 2:35 p.m. ET on Tuesday after suffering from recurrent ventricular tachycardia caused by myotonic dystrophy type II.
According to his representative, Gottfried, who has been performing stand-up comedy for more than 50 years, became known as “the comedian’s comedian” “because his live performances put aside political correctness while delivering jokes that know no boundaries,” according to the statement he released.
The success of his comedy career led to appearances in films such as “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Problem Child,” “Look Who’s Talking II,” “The Aristocrats,” and others. In addition, he provided the voice of Iago, the wisecracking parrot in Disney’s classic animated picture “Aladdin.”
His life was the subject of a documentary about him, “Gilbert,” which was released in 2017. He also co-hosted a podcast called “Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast!” on which he and Frank Santopadre conducted interviews with celebrities and legends from the entertainment industry.
His family described him as “the most iconic voice in comedy,” as well as a “wonderful husband, brother, friend, and father to his two young children.” He is survived by his wife, two children, and two grandchildren.
“Even though today is a sad day for all of us, please continue to laugh as loud as you possibly can in Gilbert’s honor,” his family requested on Facebook.
Among those who expressed their condolences on Tuesday were actors Jason Alexander and Michael Douglas.
The comedian Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh at a time when laughter did not come naturally to me. On Twitter, he expressed his gratitude: “What a gift.” “Despite the fact that I didn’t know him well, I appreciated what he shared with me. My condolences and best wishes go out to his family.
As Santopadre put it, Gottfried’s humor was “brash, shocking, and frequently offensive,” but he was “nothing like the man who was behind the jokes.”
People who knew Gottfried well and were fortunate enough to be in his company remember him as a person who was sweet, sensitive, surprisingly shy, and full of a childlike sense of playfulness and wonder, according to a statement released by Gottfried’s publicist.
“He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, admirers, and comedy enthusiasts all throughout the world. In the words of Gilbert himself, “‘Too soon!'”
In addition to Gottfried, other celebrities expressed their condolences on social media, recalling good memories and sharing how he influenced their lives.
In a tweet, Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin expressed her sadness over the death of Gilbert Gottfried: “I am so sorry to hear about Gilbert Gottfried’s passing.” A softie on the inside who is funny and politically incorrect on the outside.
We’ve met several times, and he’s even pranked me on a plane by taking the place of my interpreter (they’re practically twins). “My heartfelt condolences to Dara and his family.”
In an interview with Variety, Brian Koppelman, co-creator and showrunner of “Billions,” said Gottfried’s stand-up “changed” his life.
“Gilbert Gottfried meant a lot more to me than you probably realize,” he remarked on Twitter about the actor. “I’ve talked about it on my show and on his podcast, but when I was 14 years old, I had the opportunity to see him perform stand-up, and it changed my life.
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His subversiveness and daring were unmatched in history. And he made you laugh so hard that you fell to the ground. “This is a sucka.”
“Gottfried was not funny,” comedian Dane Cook once stated of Gottfried.
“He was a great guy, always cheerful, and he brought joy to many people,” Cook wrote on Twitter.
Gottfried performed for Conan O’Brien in 1985, according to O’Brien.
After he arrived at applause, he expressed his gratitude by saying, ‘Thank you very much, thank you so much.’ “He then proceeded to say ‘thank you continuously for a total of ten minutes,” O’Brien wrote on Twitter.
“It was the nerviest and funniest thing I’d ever seen in my life.” We are heartbroken at the loss of this wonderful and fabulously hilarious man.”
Gottfried is survived by his wife, Dara; a daughter, Lily, 14, a son, Max, 12, a sister, Karen, and a nephew, Graham. He was predeceased by his parents, who died in a car accident.