They are always in their hearts. Celebrities include Jason AlexanderAnd Kathy GriffinWe mourned the passing of comedian Gilbert Gottfried on Tuesday, April 12.
The beloved stand-up — who famously voiced Iago in 1992’s Aladdin and the animated series by the same name from 1994 to 1995 — was 67 years old when he passed.
“We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness,” the late star’s family announced on Tuesday via a social media statement. “In addition to being the most iconic voice in comedy, Gilbert was a wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children.”
The statement concluded: “Although today is a sad day for all of us, please keep laughing as loud as possible in Gilbert’s honor.” Gottfried is survived by his wife, Dara Kravitz, with their two children, Lily, 14 years old, and Max, 12, 12.
The New York native’s rep confirmed Gottfried’s death via a statement to Us WeeklyTuesday’s announcement revealed that the Hassle at CastleActor died of Recurrent Ventricular Tchycardia caused by Myotonic Dystrophy type 2.
According to the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, this genetic disease is very rare. It affects muscles and other body systems, causing symptoms like muscle weakness, pain, stiffness, and stiffness.
“Gilbert’s brand of humor was brash, shocking and frequently offensive, but the man behind the jokes was anything but,” Gottfried’s friend and “Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast!” cohost Frank SantopadreHe released a statement. “Those who loved him and were fortunate enough to share his orbit knew a person who was sweet, sensitive, surprisingly shy and filled with a childlike sense of playfulness and wonder. He’ll be dearly missed by family, friends, fans and comedy lovers the world over. To quote Gilbert himself, ‘Too soon!’”
Gottfried was a teenager who entered the entertainment business and became a household name through his voice work. Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesSeries Cyberchase.
Throughout his career, Gottfried’s humor touched many, including Alexander62-year-old actress, who paid tribute on Tuesday to the actor.
“Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh at times when laughter did not come easily. What a gift,” the SeinfeldAn alum shared his thoughts via social media. “I did not know him well but I loved what he shared with me.
Griffin, for her part, was stunned by the news of Gottfried’s passing, sharing three broken heart emojisAlong with her tribute on Twitter to the Problem Child actor.
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