Renowned comedian Gilbert Gottfried dies, age 67

Apr 13, 2022
The comedian icon had previously performed stand-up comedy for an incredible 50 years, having first began his career doing amateur stand-up in New York at the age of 15. Source: Getty

Renowned actor and comedian Gilbert Gottfried, 67, has passed away on Tuesday, April 12, after a gruelling battle with a long-term illness.

As confirmed by Gottfried’s close friend and publicist, Glenn Schwartz, the famed comedian died at 2:35pm on Tuesday as a result of the heart disorder Recurrent Ventricular Tachycardia caused by Myotonic Dystrophy type II.

Gottfried’s family took to Twitter on Wednesday morning, April 13, to announce the sad news, encouraging fans to “keep laughing as loud as possible” in honour of the late comedian’s incredible legacy.

“We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness,” the family wrote.

“In addition to being the most iconic voice in comedy, Gilbert was a wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children.”

Fans, friends and celebrities alike were quick to respond to the tragic news, offering their condolences to the late comedian and his family as they remembered Gottfried’s successful career and recalled his funniest moments.

“My wife & I met him after a show. I shook his hand and said, “I just want you to know this is one of the greatest nights of my life.” He said, “Wow. You must have a pretty terrible life.” #RIP to one of the funniest of all time,” wrote one fan.

 

The comedic icon performed stand-up comedy for an incredible 50 years, having first begun his career doing amateur stand-up in New York at the age of 15.

Gottfried’s representative described him as the “comedian’s comedian”, given “his live performances put aside political correctness while he delivers jokes that know no boundaries”.

Gottfried was best known for his roles in Beverly Hills Cop II, The Aristocrats, Problem Child and for his voiceover role as the parrot, Lago, in the popular children’s film Aladdin and the King of Thieves.

He also hosted his own podcast called Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast from 2014 until his unfortunate death, where he interviewed celebrities and discussed classic movies with notable figures in the music, acting and comedy industry.

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