Actor and comedian Gilbert Gottfried, whose piercing voice drew the attention of his rising audience and filmgoers, has died at the age of 67, according to his family.
“We are saddened to announce the death of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness,” his family wrote in a statement posted on his Twitter account on Tuesday.
Gottfried, who had lived in South Florida for the past few years, made a name for himself with his sharp voice and humorous humor.
His family described Gottfried as “the epitome of humor” and said “he was a wonderful husband, brother, friend and father of his two young children.”
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Glenn Schwartz, Gottfried’s longtime friend and presenter, told NBC News that Gottfried died Tuesday afternoon from recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type II.
Gottfried spoke to WPTV recently in January after the death of Bob Saget, his comedian and colleague, in Orlando.
“I thought, ‘Oh, sick joke,’ and I was waiting for the punchline line,” Gottfried told Tania Rogers of WPTV, recalling the news of Saget’s death.
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Gottfried was scheduled to perform at the Palm Beach Kennel Club’s Paddock on May 13.
The Brooklyn-born comedian had been part of New York comedy in the 1970s, but his chance to join the big stage came in the 1980s, when he joined the cast of NBC “Saturday Night Live” for the sixth time. season. Instead, Gottfried’s appearances (by film director Roman Polanski and former U.S. member David A Stockman, R-Mich.) And one repetitive character (Leo Waxman in the film, “What About You?”) Did not start, and fired after just one season.
In addition to his acting performances, Gottfried has had a number of starring in popular movies such as “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Problem Child” and its sequence. He also gave Iago’s voice a clever parody in the 1992 Disney cartoon film “Aladdin.”
Gottfried also worked as the host of “USA Up All Night,” featuring low-budget movies for Gottfried’s comedy skits and critical comments. The program was broadcast on USA Network from 1989 to 1998.
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His jokes have been the subject of controversy over the years, much to the dismay of national television audiences at the 1991 Primetime Emmy Awards with a series of humorous jokes directed at Paul Reubens (better known as Pee-Wee Herman), who was jailed for a month. earlier with a charge of exposing pornography at an adult theater in Florida. Fox, who broadcast that year’s Emmy Awards, criticized the West Coast audience and issued a statement calling Gottfried’s jokes “unresponsive and insulting.”
Gottfried also knew how to turn world events into quotes, and he became one of the first to make a joke about the terrorist attacks on September 11, just three weeks away from the most dangerous terrorist act in human history.
During the heat of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner at the New York Friars Club in 2001, Gottfried’s joke met with boo boo and audience laughter. Gottfried had to bring them back with a humorous version of the Aristocrats’ joke.
Gottfried was the first Aflac duck word in ads for an insurance company in Columbus, Georgia, but a series of tweets in which he joked about the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami that left more than 2,400 people dead led to his dismissal after his dismissal. 11 years. He later issued an apology to the public.
“Although today is a sad day for all of us, please continue to laugh out loud in honor of Gilbert,” said his family.