Comedian Gilbert Gottfried died on Tuesday. He was 67 years old.
His family reported on Twitter Aladdin The voice actor died, writing:
We announce with a broken heart the death of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness. In addition to being Gilbert’s most iconic voice in comedy, he was a wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children. Although today is a sad day for all of us, please continue to laugh as loudly as possible in honor of Gilbert.
The exact cause of Gottfried’s death has not yet been reported.
CBSLA interviewed Gottfried in 2017 about his career.
“My first big success came by accident,” Gottfried said. “They asked me to audition for MTV, and it was my first big successful show.”
Although Gottfried was known for his distinctive voice and shocking humor, he has repeatedly appeared in film and television, including “The Beverly Hills Cop 2,” “The Troubled Child,” “Look Who’s Also” says “,” Wings “and” Law and Order: Special Victims Division “.
He has lent his unique voice to animated shows including “Ninja Turtles”, “Crank Yankers”, “Fairly OddParents” and “Duckman”.
Gottfried also starred in “Live Saturday Night” in the early 1980s.
Most recently, Gottfried hosted a Sirius / XM podcast called “The Amazing Colossal Podcast by Gilbert Gottfried,” in which he and writer Frank Santapadre discussed the early days of Hollywood, classic movies and TV shows.
“Gilbert’s humor was brazen, shocking and often offensive, but the man behind the joke was anything,” Santapadre said in a statement. “Those who loved him and were lucky enough to share his orbit knew a man who was sweet, sensitive, surprisingly shy and filled with a childish sense of playfulness and wonder. He will be very bored by family, friends, fans and comedy lovers around the world. I quote Gilbert himself: “Too early!”
Comedians and actors went on social media to praise Gottfried.
“Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh at a time when laughter was not easy,” actor Jason Alexander wrote on his Twitter page on Tuesday. “I didn’t know him well, but I liked what he shared with me. My best wishes and condolences to his family. “
Actor and director Seth McFarlane has released a video of Gottfried appearing in his film A Million Ways to Die in the West, and wrote: “Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh so hard that day on set that I could barely do my job. A completely original comic, and the same kind and modest guy behind the scenes. He will be missed. “
Comedian and talk show host Conan O’Brien wrote, “I saw Gilbert’s performance in 1985, and when he came in to applause, he said, ‘Thank you, thank you very much.’ He then kept repeating “thank you” for ten full minutes. It was the most nervous, the funniest thing I’ve seen. So sorry to lose this sweet and wonderfully funny man. ”
Comedian John Stewart said performing at Gottfried’s Ruin “was one of the biggest thrills of my early stand-up life. He could catch his breath, just indescribably unusually cheerful. “
He was also the voice of Aflac Duck in popular advertising until 2011.
“No one has heard of this insurance company before,” Gottfried told CBSLA in 2017. “They wanted me to be a duck, and everything else is history.”
GilbertIn 2017, a documentary was released about the life and career of Gottfried, where he and his wife Dara Kravitz.
Gottfried is survived by his wife Dara, his 14-year-old daughter Lily, 12-year-old son Max, sister Karen and nephew Graham.
Funeral services are expected to be private.