Comedian & Actor Gilbert Gottfried Dies at 67

Comedian & Actor Gilbert Gottfried Dies at 67

Legendary comedian Gilbert Gottfried has died at age 67. His family shared the news via Gottfried’s official twitter account.

The actor, whose career included both television and film, was killed after a long battle with an unspecified illness.

The news was first shared by Jason Alexander, a fellow comedian who tweeted: “Gilbert Gottfried made it easy to laugh at times when laughter was not always easy. What a gift. Although I didn’t know him very well, I enjoyed the things he shared with us. To his family , my sympathies and best wishes

Gottfried’s family shared the following message to confirm the news: “We are deeply sorry to announce the death of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried, after a long battle. In addition to being the most iconic voice in comedy, Gilbert was a wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children. Today is a sad day, but please keep laughing in Gilbert’s honour .”

Over the course of his career, the comedian appeared as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, regularly appeared on the Howard Stern Show, co-starred with Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop II, and lent his voice to Iago the parrot in Disney‘s Aladdin.

He was also the voice of the Aflac duck from 2000 to 2011, and had been hosting Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast — a podcast on which he interviewed celebrities, discussed movies and television, and shared insight from his lengthy career in the entertainment industry — since 2014.

In 2017, his life and career were the subjects of a documentary, Gilbert, directed by Neil Berkeley.

See his family’s message:

— Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) April 12, 2022

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