Gilbert Gottfried, the iconic comedian, died at the age of 67 after a long illness

Gilbert Gottfried joined the build series to discuss “The Last Laugh” at the Build Studio on February 28, 2017 in New York City.

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Comedian Gilbert Gottfried has died at the age of 67, according to his family.

“We are heartbroken to announce the death of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness,” his family wrote in a shared statement. On his Twitter account.

Gottfried died at 2:35 a.m. Tuesday from recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type II, according to his longtime friend and campaigner Glenn Schwartz.

Gottfried, who has been performing stand-up comedy for over 50 years, has become known as a “comedian comedian” because his live performances set aside political correctness when he serves jokes that have no boundaries. Said in a statement.

Her comedy career has led to roles in films including “Beverly Hills Cop II”, “Problem Child”, “Look Who’s Talking II” and “The Aristocrats”. He was also the voice of the wise cracking parrot Yago in Disney’s iconic animated film “Aladdin”.

Most recently, in 2017, he was the subject of a documentary “Gilbert” about his life. He co-hosted a podcast, “Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Closal Podcast!”, Where he and Frank Santopadre interviewed Hollywood icons and legends.

Her family has described her as “the most iconic voice in comedy” as well as an “extraordinary husband, brother, friend and father of her two young children”.

“Although today is a sad day for all of us, please keep smiling as loudly as possible in honor of Gilbert,” his family wrote.

Actor Jason Alexander was among those who expressed his grief on Tuesday.

“Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh at a time when laughter doesn’t come easily. What a gift,” he said. Wrote A tweet “I didn’t know her well but I liked what she shared with me. My best wishes and sympathy to her family. #ripGilbertGottfried

Santopadre described Gottfried’s humor as “stylish, poignant, and frequently aggressive, but the man behind the joke was something else.”

“Those who loved him and were fortunate enough to share his orbit with him knew a man who was sweet, sensitive, surprisingly shy and full of childish play and a sense of wonder,” Santopodre said in a statement issued through Gottfried’s preacher. “Family, friends, fans and comedians around the world will miss him. To quote Gilbert himself, ‘Too soon!'”

Gottfried is survived by his wife Dara, daughter Lily, 14, son Max, 12, sister Karen and nephew Graham.

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