Comedian Gilbert Gottfried, 67, has passed away after a “long illness.”
Gottfried had one of the most recognizable voices in Hollywood. His family released this statement via Twitter:
“We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness. In addition to being the most iconic voice in comedy, Gilbert was a wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children.”
The family added: “Although today is a sad day for us, please keep laughing as loud as possible in Gilbert’s honor. Love the Gottfried family.”
Longtime friend and publicist Glenn Schwart told Fox News Digital, “The esteemed performer died just after 2:30 pm ET on Tuesday, from Recurrent Ventricular Tachycardia due to Myotonic Dystrophy type II.”
Gilbert’s friend and podcast co-host Frank Santopadre wrote:
“Gilbert’s brand of humor was brash, shocking and frequently offensive, but the man behind the jokes was anything but. Those who loved and him were 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.”
Santopadre continued: “He’ll be dearly missed by family, friends, fans and comedy-lovers the world over. To quote Gilbert himself, ‘Too soon!'”
Fox News notes Gottfried’s work on stage led to television and movie roles. “Most notable was his scene as business manager Sidney Bernstein in the hit sequel ‘Beverly Hills Cop II,’ for which Gottfried was lauded for stealing the picture with a single scene.”
Gottfried is survived by his wife Dara, daughter Lily (14) son Max (12), sister Karen and nephew Graham.
Across many social media channels, notables and media sources are expressing their affection for Gottfried and their condolences to his family.
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