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Comedian Gilbert Gottfried dies at age 67 after long illness

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried has died at age of 67, according to a post on social media written by his family.  The statement read: “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.”   According to Glenn Schwartz, Gottfried’s longtime friend and publicist, the comedian died on Tuesday from Recurrent Ventricular Tachycardia due to Myotonic Dystrophy type II.

Gottfried performed stand-up comedy for over 50 years, and according to his representative, became known as “the comedian’s comedian” because his live performances put aside political correctness while he delivers jokes that know no boundaries.  Gottfried’s comedic career led to roles in films including “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Problem Child,” “Look Who’s Talking II” and “The Aristocrats.” He was also notably the voice of the wise cracking parrot Iago in Disney’s iconic animated film “Aladdin.”  In 2017, he was the subject of the documentary “Gilbert,” about his life. He also co-hosted a podcast, “Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast!”, where he and Frank Santopadre interviewed Hollywood icons and legends.

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

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