Iconic Comedian Gilbert Gottfried Dies at Age 67

Gilbert Gottfried, an iconic comedian and actor, died at age 67 after a “long illness,” his family said on April 12.

“We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness,” his family announced on Twitter, describing him as “the most iconic voice in comedy.”

“Although today is a sad day for all of us, please keep laughing as loud as possible in Gilbert’s honor,” the family added.

Gottfried died at 2:35 p.m. Eastern Time on April 12 from recurrent ventricular tachycardia caused by myotonic dystrophy type 2, his longtime friend and publicist Glenn Schwartz said in a statement.

Gottfried’s 50-year career in stand-up comedy began at the age of 15.

Gottfried became known as “the comedian’s comedian” because “his live performances put aside political correctness while he delivers jokes that know no boundaries,” his representative said.

However, Gottfried got into trouble on several occasions due to his humor, including a joke about the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, masturbation jokes at the 1991 Emmy Awards, and a joke about the 2011 Tohoku Japanese earthquake.

Gottfried first gained national attention when he frequently appeared on MTV and had a brief stint as a cast member of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” in the 1980s.

Gottfried played roles in several films, including Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Problem Child,” “Look Who’s Talking II,” “The Aristocrats,” and “Aladdin.”

Gottfried also became a regular on celebrity roasts and game shows in the 2000s and 2010s.

Gottfried was the subject of the documentary “Gilbert” in 2017, and co-hosted a podcast with Frank Santopadre titled, “Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast!”

Gottfried is survived by his wife Dara Kravitz, and two children, Lily and Max.

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