Comedian Gilbert Gottfried dies at 67 after long illness, family says

Gilbert Gottfried attends "On The Chopping Block: A Roast of Anthony Bourdain" on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP Images) (Charles Sykes, Associated Press)

Iconic comedian Gilbert Gottfried died at 67, according to his family.

“We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness,” his family wrote in a statement that was posted to his Twitter account.

Gottfried was known for his unique, unmistakable voice and his family described him as “the most iconic voice in comedy.”

The comedian voiced Iago, the parrot from Disney’s 1992 animated film “Aladdin,” and famously voiced as the duck mascot for Aflac Insurance. Over the past couple of years, he was known in the social media sphere for the TikTok videos he made with his daughter at the start of the pandemic.

His family said he was a “wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children.”

“Although today is a sad day for us all, please keep laughing as possible in Gilbert’s honor,” his family concluded.


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