Comedy legend Gilbert Gottfried has died. In a statement released by his family on Tuesday, they said: “We are saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness. In addition to being the most iconic voice in comedy , Gilbert is also a wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children. While today is a sad day for all of us, for Gilbert’s sake, please continue to laugh as loudly as you can.”
Gilbert’s representative, Glenn Schwartz, told CNN that he died of a heart abnormality called ventricular tachycardia caused by tonic dystrophy type II.
Gilbert’s career dates back to the ’70s, when he was a “Saturday Night Live” actor. Then he was a big hit on The Cosby Show in the 80s. Gilbert had a great role in Beverly Hills Cop II, where he played business manager Sidney Bernstein.
Of course, Gilbert also did a lot of voice work, voicing Aladdin and Aflac Duck’s Iago in the early 2000s.
Shortly after Bob’s death, Gilbert posted a heartbreaking photo of him with Bob Saget and Louis Anderson, with the caption: “This photo is so sad right now. RIP Bog Saget and RIP Louie Anderson. Both great friends will be missed.”
The last time we spoke to Gilbert was in New York City in 2017.
Gilbert is survived by his wife Dara, whom he married in 2007, and their two children, Lily and Max.
He is 67 years old.