Celebrities mourn the Death of legendary comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried.
The Gottfried family confirmed the devastating news in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.
The 67-year-old died of a “long illness,” the family said, but the cause of his death was unknown.
His family rightly remembered him as “the most iconic voice in comedy,” honoring his iconic voiceover roles on Aladdin, Family Guy, The Fairly Odd Parents, and more.
Like most great comedians, the New York native spent several years as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” before starring in a variety of films and TV shows, with 184 credits on IMDB.
Affectionately dubbed “the comedian’s comedian,” Gottfried was remembered as such by his peers and fans, who began to mourn the star when news of his death broke.
“Gilbert Gottfried sometimes made me laugh when laughing didn’t come easily. What a gift. I didn’t know him well but I loved what he shared with me. My best wishes and condolences to his family.” Jason Alexander tweeted.
Jon Stewart wrote: “RIP Gilbert. Opening for Gilbert Gottfried at Carolines and Princeton Catch was one of the big thrills of my early standup life. He could make you gasp… just beyond words, unusually hilarious… Damn.”
“OH NO. Gilbert Gottfried was one of my idols. A comedian’s comedian if there ever was one. I really wanted to work with him. I hate that. RIP,” tweeted Hayden SchlossbergCreator of “Cobra Kai” and “Harold & Kumar”.
“Rip Gilbert Gottfried, a brilliant comedian and just the cutest guy. We worked together on Goosed. Everyone worshiped him.” Jennifer Tilly commented. She went on to retweet a photo of Bob Saget, Louie Anderson and Gottfried that he shared in January in honor of the deaths of his fellow comedians.
“Fuck you Death” Patton Oswalt commented.
“I am so sad to read about the death of Gilbert Gottfried. Funny, politically incorrect, but a softie on the inside. We have met many times; He even pranked me on the plane replacing my interpreter @655jack (they are like twins). I send love to Dara and his children.” Marlee Matlin captioned a photo of her standing next to Gottfried on stage.
“GILBERT GOTTFRIED, YOU MAKE ME LAUGH EVERY TIME I SEE YOU. THE COMEDY WORLD BROKEN BECAUSE THEY CARED SO MUCH. I LOVE YOU FOREVER BUBBA”, a retired Iranian wrestler, amateur wrestler and actor The Iron Sheik tweeted.
“I lost a friend today. @RealGilbert. The cutest and most hysterically funny person. I can honestly say that no one else has made me laugh like this. Great friend, husband and father. My heart goes out to Dara and the children. Science needs to focus a bit on tinea pedi,” he said Howie Mandel said, who couldn’t help but squeeze in one last joke when he implied that Gottfried had died of athlete’s foot.
“Gilbert would be the first person today to make fun of this picture. The first. And he wouldn’t hold back.” Kathy Griffin commented on the picture of Saget, Anderson and Gottfried, who all died within a few months.
“I will miss you my friend, my sometimes slide, my always pain in my side, usually laughs from the belly. The sky is a lot louder out there now, I’m sure. Make her shake her head and smile, Gilbert.” George Takei replied to the messages.
“Rest in Peace Gilbert Gottfried! The first time I saw him live he was doing his Jackie Kennedy line: ‘Jackie, do you remember where you were…’ in front of drunken Bruins fans at Nicks.” Bill Burr said to share a touching memory.
“Hotel managers from across the country will be going to Gilbert’s funeral hoping to get their soaps and shampoos back. RIP Gilbert, you’ve been loved by every comic.” Jim Norton said, tearing a joke through his grief.
Gottfried’s “Sorgenkind” co-star Laraine Newman shared a touching commemorative photo of the pair on the set of their hilarious comedy: “On the set of Problem Kid 2. Dear, sweet, hilarious Gilbert.”
“Sad to hear of the passing of the seminal and legendary Gilbert Gottfried. Here was the last time I saw you in Miami. My condolences to the family and friends of this brilliant comedian, artist and provocateur. comedy mourns tonight” Tom Green said sharing a photo of the two.
Gottfried’s fame was so great that the touching tributes and devastating messages also came from outside of Hollywood.
MSNBC correspondent Joy Ann Reid posted a video of herself sharing her impression of Gottfried with the famous comedian herself. “I’m posting this to laugh while I cry. Back then I met Gilbert Gottfried with Gilbert Gottfried at COMICON, back in the #AMJoy days. What a great and funny guy. Rest in peace and condolences to his family,” she wrote.
“I really love Gilbert Gottfried’s comedy and documentary about his life and – I really wish God would stop taking all the people who make us laugh and make us happy. Far too young, far too early. Love and light to his family and loved ones,” Meghan McCain tweeted with regret.
“I’m so sorry to hear that. Gilbert was a great guy and a comedic genius. REST IN PEACE” Donald Trump Jr. commented.
In the tributes to the legendary comedian, many recalled his 2001 tale of “the dirtiest joke ever told,” which struck many in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
“Gilbert Gottfried’s 2001 Hugh Hefner Roast was perhaps the most iconic, risqué five-minute comedy I’ve ever seen.” John Lurie remembered.
ComedyCentral released a statement, simply stating, “Gilbert Gottfried’s unique talent and iconic voice left an indelible mark on the comedy.”
Gilbert leaves many loved ones, namely wife Dara Kravitz and two children, Lily and Max.
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