"Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh at times when laughter did not come easily. What a gift."
Gilbert Gottfried has died at the age of 67.
The legendary comic, whose distinctive voice won him legions of fans across generations, leaves behind two children daughter, Lily, and son, Max, who he shared with wife Dara Kravitz.
April 12, 2022 @RealGilbert
A statement was released on Tuesday from his family, announcing his passing: "We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness. In addition to being the most iconic voice in comedy, Gilbert was a wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children. Although today is a sad day for all of us, please keep laughing as loud as possible in Gilbert's honor."
The comedian's rep, Glenn Schwartz, told TMZ that Gottfried died from a heart abnormality called Ventricular Tachycardia due to Myotonic Dystrophy type II.
Gottfried was born in Brooklyn, New York, and by the age of 15 he started doing standup -- soon earning the reputation as the "the comedian's comedian." By 1980 he got a spot on Season 6 of "Saturday Night Live." He went on to have roles in many iconic films as well as lending his voice to various animated movies.
His iconic voicing of the parrot, Iago, in Disney's "Aladdin" franchise has provided entertainment for generations of children and families. A documentary on his life and career, titled "Gilbert," was released in 2017.
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Following the sad news, the world of comedy and beyond mourned the passing of the entertainment legend on social media.
"Seinfeld" star Jason Alexander, who appeared to be the first to break the news of Gottfried's death, tweeted, "Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh at times when laughter did not come easily. What a gift. I did not know him well but I loved what he shared with me. My best wishes and sympathy to his family."
Fellow comedians Jon Stewart, Bill Burr and Seth McFarlane all recalled memories of Gottfried, praising the comic for his ability to make people laugh.
"RIP Gilbert. 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," Stewart tweeted, while Burr wrote. "Rest In Peace Gilbert Gottfried! First time I saw him live he did his Jackie Kennedy bit: 'Jackie do you remember where you were…' in front of drunk Bruins fans at Nicks."
McFarlane, who directed and starred alongside Gottfried in the 2014 Western comedy, "A Million Ways to Die in the West," shared a clip of Gottfried from the film, in which he had a cameo as Abraham Lincoln.
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Alongside the video, McFarlane wrote, "Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh so hard that day on set, I could barely do my job. A wholly original comic, and an equally kind and humble guy behind the scenes. He will be missed."
Meanwhile, Kathy Griffin also reacted to Gottfried's passing on Twitter. "Oh no! Gilbert," she wrote, adding two broken heart emojis. The Emmy winner also reshared a tweet that Gottfried had posted back in January following the tragic deaths of Louie Anderson and Bob Saget. Both comedians passed away in the month of January.
In the photo, the three comedy legends can be seen posing for a selfie. "This photo is very sad now. RIP Bob Saget and RIP Louie Anderson. Both good friends that will be missed," Gottfried wrote at the time.
Alongside Gottfried's tweet, Griffin wrote, "Gilbert would be the first one to make a joke about this picture today. The first. And he would not hold back."
The photo has gone viral in the wake of Gottfried's death.
See how more stars are paying tribute to Gottfried in the tweet, below.
Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh at times when laughter did not come easily. What a gift. I did not know him well but I loved what he shared with me. My best wishes and sympathy to his family. #ripGilbertGottfried— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) April 12, 2022 @IJasonAlexander
RIP Gilbert. 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.— Jon Stewart (@jonstewart) April 12, 2022 @jonstewart
Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh so hard that day on set, I could barely do my job. A wholly original comic, and an equally kind and humble guy behind the scenes. He will be missed. https://t.co/93cKB6KEg8— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) April 12, 2022 @SethMacFarlane
Rest In Peace Gilbert Gottfried! First time I saw him live he did his Jackie Kennedy bit: “Jackie do you remember where you were…” in front of drunk Bruins fans at Nicks. #RIPGilbertGottfried https://t.co/9w0offZEZG— Bill Burr (@billburr) April 12, 2022 @billburr
Oh no! Gilbert. 💔💔💔 https://t.co/oEpr54nbNs— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) April 12, 2022 @kathygriffin
Gilbert would be the first one to make a joke about this picture today. The first. And he would not hold back. https://t.co/B8hszsDGcI— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) April 12, 2022 @kathygriffin
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I don’t think I ever laughed as hard as I did sitting on a flight to LA across from Gilbert once in the early 90’s.He would do something funny and not stop till you stopped laughing. God he was funny. So funny.— Ben Stiller (@BenStiller) April 12, 2022 @BenStiller
Sending love to his family. #RipGilbertGottfreid
I shall miss you, my friend, my sometimes foil, my always pain in my side, usually from the belly laughs. The heavens are a great deal louder with you out there now, I’m sure. Keep ‘em shaking their heads and smiling, Gilbert. https://t.co/Wv1UGlKCQy— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 12, 2022 @GeorgeTakei
Sending love to @RealGilbert’s wife Dara, his family & fans. Gilbert Gottfried was never not funny. He was a lovely guy, always friendly & made many people happy.— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) April 12, 2022 @DaneCook
He was a unique voice in comedy on so many levels. Unpredictable, one-of-a-kind, hilarious & irreplaceable! Thank you for the lifetime of laughs, sir.#RIP_GilbertGottfried 💔 https://t.co/5tUbQBdnn6— Mark Hamill (@MarkHamill) April 12, 2022 @MarkHamill
Another huge loss in the world of comedy. Ugh, this world makes me tired. https://t.co/0ohNoWSq0k— Josh Gad (@joshgad) April 12, 2022 @joshgad
Nobody was funnier than @RealGilbert on a roll. He could put you into convulsive hysterics. He was also the sweetest man. His podcast is a comedy treasure. What a terrible loss. Sending my condolences and love to Dara and his family. https://t.co/qdZQV1A6sC— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) April 12, 2022 @JuddApatow
This made me very sad. He was a true original. Brilliant too. He will be so missed. https://t.co/bU1JSk8o7U— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) April 12, 2022 @rainnwilson
I’m just heartbroken about Gilbert Gottfried’s passing. I had no idea he was battling an illness. He was a treasure; a hilarious, deeply feeling, mensch of a man. pic.twitter.com/v0fykzjjfx— Alan Menken (@AIMenken) April 12, 2022 @AIMenken
Sad to hear of the passing of the groundbreaking and legendary Gilbert Gottfried. Here was the last time I saw you in Miami. My condolences to the family and friends of this genius comic, artist, and provocateur. Comedy mourns tonight. #comedy 🙏 🙏 🙏 pic.twitter.com/F3oIp81lmy— Tom Green (@tomgreenlive) April 12, 2022 @tomgreenlive
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/Tdy7LLvjO8— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) April 12, 2022 @MichaelRapaport
Gilbert Gottfried was the best. We once decided to punish UK audiences for their law prohibiting the use of parliamentary footage in comedy programs, by having him read Brexit legalese and Bigfoot erotica. Stick around till he gets to the erotica.https://t.co/4Zu0zPNGUi— Last Week Tonight (@LastWeekTonight) April 12, 2022 @LastWeekTonight
I am so sad to read about the passing of Gilbert Gottfried. Funny, politically incorrect but a softie on the inside. We met many times; he even pranked me on a plane, replacing my intepreter @655jack(they're like twins). Sending love to Dara & his children. RIP #gilbertgottfried pic.twitter.com/R4mxWBRsNo— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) April 12, 2022 @MarleeMatlin
Big loss to the world of comedy. Gilbert Gottfried has left us. Fearless and hilarious!!! A truly lovely man, loved by all in comedy. May his memory be a blessing to his family, his friends & all he made laugh!— Al Franken (@alfranken) April 12, 2022 @alfranken
Gilbert Gottfried passed away today at the age of 67.— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) April 12, 2022 @RexChapman
Rest, Gilbert…. pic.twitter.com/4gu1chkhiJ
I really love Gilbert Gottfried's comedy and documentary on his life and - I really wish God would stop taking all the people who make us laugh and happy. Way too young, way too soon.— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) April 12, 2022 @MeghanMcCain
Love and light to his family and loved ones.
RIP #gilbertgodfried, it was one of the highlights of my life having you on my show. pic.twitter.com/r1wHSl2syj— Wells Adams (@WellsAdams) April 12, 2022 @WellsAdams
rest in peace to Gilbert Gottfried who has probably the best sequence in game show history on Hollywood Squares. if you're not an old hag like me who remembers the rules, both contestants needed his square to secure the 5-square win, but he decided to troll both of them pic.twitter.com/Egzyzygudd— manny (@mannyfidel) April 12, 2022 @mannyfidel
Rip Gilbert Gottfried, a brilliant comedian and just the sweetest guy. We worked together on “Goosed.” Everybody adored him. https://t.co/r37FeFjxjo— Jennifer Tilly (@JenniferTilly) April 12, 2022 @JenniferTilly
Posting this to laugh while I cry. That time I got to Gilbert Gottfried with Gilbert Gottfried at COMICON, back in the #AMJoy days. What a great and funny guy. Rest in peace and deepest condolences to his family. 😔😢 pic.twitter.com/p89vfJnVMO— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) April 12, 2022 @JoyAnnReid
No one made me laugh more than Gilbert Gottfried and no one I know had a bigger heart. R.I.P. my friend. I enjoyed every minute of knowing you. #GilbertGottfried @RealGilbert— Alan Zweibel (@AlanZweibel) April 12, 2022 @AlanZweibel
So sorry to hear this. Gilbert was a great guy and a comedic genius.— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 12, 2022 @DonaldJTrumpJr