Comedian, actor Gilbert Gottfried dead at 67

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Posted at 12:32 PM, Apr 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-12 16:30:01-04

Actor and comedian Gilbert Gottfried has died at the age of 67.

His death was announced on his Twitter account saying he died after a long illness. Details of his illness haven't been released.

"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." a statement from Gottfried's family read.

Gottfried was a fiercely independent and intentionally bizarre comedian’s comedian, as likely to clear a room with anti-comedy as he was to kill with his jokes.

He first came to national attention with frequent appearances on MTV in its early days and as a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” in the 1980s.

Gottfried also did voice work for children’s television and movies, most famously playing the parrot Iago in Disney’s “Aladdin.” He was also the voice of the Aflac Duck.