Hollywood has just lost another legend. Gilbert Gottfried, the comedian with one of the most unmistakable voices in Hollywood, has died. He was 67.
Gottfried’s family confirmed his death on social media, writing,
“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.”
An additional statement from Gottfried’s longtime friend and publicist, Glenn Schwartz, said he suffered from Recurrent Ventricular Tachycardia due to Myotonic Dystrophy type II.
Gottfried, best known for his squinty and piecing vocal stylings which landed him roles as the annoying, yet lovable supporting character in films. From stand-up to actor, and voice over performer Gottfried did everything from kids movies like Aladdin to commercials (famously he had voiced the duck mascot for Aflac Insurance), And how could we forget is hilarious role as Sidney Bernstein alongside Eddie Murphy in "Beverly Hills Cop" or his raspy screams towards a 13 year old Junior in "Problem Child".
We here at CritiX want to send our deepest condolences to a comedy legend, his friends and family. RIP.