Gilbert Gottfried, the actor and legendary standup comedian whose unique voice was instantly recognizable, has died after a long illness, his family announced Tuesday.
He was 67.
“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 said in a tweet. “Although today is a sad day for all of us, please keep laughing as loud as possible in Gilbert’s honor.”
Gottfried was born in Brooklyn, the son of a hardware store owner and a stay-at-home mom. He began doing standup at 15.
Aside from his extensive standup career, Gottfried lent his voice to countless animated films and shows, including the parrot Iago in Disney’s “Aladdin,” Dr. Bender in “Fairly OddParents” and Kraang Subprime in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
Known for his abrasive and offensive brand of humor on stage, Gottfried would also steal any scene during TV and movie appearances.
Fellow actors and comedians took to social media Tuesday to share their condolences.
“💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔,” Patton Oswalt tweeted.
Richard Lewis tweeted, “I loved him. I am heartbroken for his beautiful family … For almost 40 years his spectacular comedy blew me away. You can’t be funnier.”
Jon Stewart tweeted, “Opening for Gilbert Gottfried at Carolines and Princeton Catch was one of the great thrills of my early stand up life. He could leave you gasping for breath…just indescribably unusually hilarious…Damn.”
Comedy Central tweeted, “Gilbert Gottfried’s unique talent and iconic voice left an indelible mark on comedy.”
Gottfried died from recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type II, a disorder that affects the heart, his publicist and longtime friend Glenn Schwartz said in a statement.
He is survived by his wife Dara, sister Karen, 14-year-old daughter Lily and 12-year-old son Max.