In a message on the actor’s Twitter page, the Gottfried family said he had died “after a long illness.”
Please note: the video in the player above is from 2019.
“In addition to being the most iconic voice in comedy, Gilbert was a wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children. Although today is a sad day for all of us, please keep laughing as loud as you can in Gilbert’s honor,” the message said.
Gottfried died of recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type II, a condition that affects the heart, publicist and longtime friend Glenn Schwartz said in a statement.
Gottfried was a fiercely independent and intentionally bizarre comedian’s comedian who was as likely to clear space with anti-comedy as he was to kill with his jokes.
Gottfried started standup as a teenager in New York City. He first came to national attention through frequent appearances on MTV in the early days and a brief stint on the cast of “Saturday Night Live” in the 1980s.
Gottfried also did frequent voice work for children’s television and films, most famously playing the parrot Iago in Disney’s Aladdin.
“Gilbert’s brand of humor was cheeky, shocking, and frequently offensive, but the man behind the jokes was anything but,” Gottfried’s friend and podcast co-host Frank Santopadre said in a statement. “Those who loved him, and he was fortunate enough to share his orbit, knew a person who was sweet, sensitive, surprisingly shy, and filled with a childlike sense of playfulness and wonder.”
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https://abc13.com/gilbert-gottfried-dead-news-twitter-voice/11741584/ Gilbert Gottfried died at the age of 67 after a long illness, the family announced on Twitter; Actor played Iago in Disney’s “Aladdin”