Roommates, we are sending our condolences to the loved ones of actor and comedian Gilbert Gottfried.
Unfortunately, his family announced on Tuesday that he passed away after battling a long illness.
In a statement, his family said,
“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.”
NBC reports that Gilbert’s friend and longtime publicist, Glenn Schwartz, shared that he passed away from Recurrent Ventricular Tachycardia due to Myotonic Dystrophy type II.
— Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) April 12, 2022
Gilbert’s work spans decades as he has starred in various films, television shows, and comedy specials. Many people know Gilbert for his iconic and distinctive voice that brought laughter to many generations. Some roles many people may be familiar with are his role as Iago, the parrot in Disney’s “Aladdin,” as well as his role as Sidney Bernstein in “Beverly Hills Cop II,” and his role as Mr. Peabody in “Problem Child.”
Celebrities Pay Tribute To Gilbert Gottfried
Tributes have been pouring in following the news of Gilbert’s passing. Joy-Ann Reid shared a video of her and Gilbert at Comicon and said,
“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.”
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
Actor Jason Alexandar, who is most known for his role as George Costanza on “Seinfeld,” 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.”
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
Someone also retweeted a photo that Gilbert shared three months ago where he was seen posing for a photo with fellow comedians Bob Saget and Louie Anderson, who also recently passed this year.
Gilbert Gottfried posted this picture only three months ago. What a photo.
— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) April 12, 2022
We are keeping Gilbert Gottfried’s loved ones lifted in prayer.
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