The comic turned into acknowledged for his iconic voice.
“We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our loved Gilbert Gottfried after an extended illness,” the assertion reads. “In addition to being the maximum iconic voice in comedy, Gilbert turned into a fantastic husband, brother, buddy and father to his younger children.”
The family’s assertion concludes, “Although these days is a unhappy day for all of us, please preserve guffawing as loud as feasible in Gilbert’s honor.”
Gottfried is survived via way of means of his wife, Dara Kravitz, and their children, his 14-year-antique daughter Lily and his 12-year-antique son Max.
The comic’s longtime buddy and publicist, Glenn Schwartz, stated in a assertion to ABC News that Gottfried died Tuesday afternoon from a coronary heart circumstance as a result of myotonic dystrophy kind II, a kind of muscular dystrophy.
Known for his gravelly-voiced, close to shouting on-level delivery — in addition to for his unflinching cappotential to “pass there,” tackling cloth that few different comedians would — Gottfried started out his stand-up profession withinside the past due Seventies in New York City.
Gottfried turned into a “Saturday Night Live” solid member for season 6 of the enduring caricature comedy collection and additionally regarded in 1987’s “Beverly Hills Cop II.” He turned into additionally the voice of the Aflac duck in classified ads for the coverage enterprise till 2011.
Social media turned into short to begin tributes to the comic, including “Seinfeld” famous person Jason Alexander,” who tweeted, “Gilbert Gottfried made me snigger at instances whilst laughter did now no longer come easily. What a gift. I did now no longer recognise him properly however I cherished what he shared with me. My great desires and sympathy to his family.”