Gilbert Gottfried, the iconic stand-up comedian and actor with one of entertainment’s most recognizable voices, has died. He was 67.
Gottfried’s death was confirmed in a statement from his family via his Twitter account. The statement reads, “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.”
Per NBC News, “Gottfried died at 2:35 p.m. ET on Tuesday from Recurrent Ventricular Tachycardia due to Myotonic Dystrophy type II, according to Glenn Schwartz, his longtime friend and publicist.”
IMDb states Gottfried’s lengthy stand-up career began when he was just 15 “…doing stand-up at open mike nights in New York City and, after a few short years, became known around town as ‘the comedian’s comedian.'”