Comedian Gilbert Gottfried Dies at 67


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Andres Lara, OwlFeed Lifestyle Reporter

Gilbert Gottfried, a famous comedian, and actor who had starred in many different acting roles died on April 12. He was 67.    

According to NBC News, his longtime friend and publicist Glenn Schwartz said that “Gottfried was suffering from recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type II,” which is what he died from in the end. 

Gottfried voiced many different characters, from the parrot in Aladdin to Kraang Subprime from the 2012 version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as performing stand-up comedy for over 50 years.

He was born on February 28, 1955, in Brooklyn, New York. He started his comedy career at the age of 15 with a few standup shows, as well as landing a 12-episode stunt on Saturday Night Live during its sixth season. 

After that, he was able to reunite with Eddie Murphy, who he met during his time at SNL, in the movie Beverly Hill Cops II. He then starts to appear in different movies before landing one of his most popular roles, Iago in the movie Aladdin.

However, with him being a comedian sometimes his type of humor would land him in hot water. According to Variety, “His edgy and crude humor, however, got him in trouble on several occasions. Three weeks after Sept 11, Gottfried joked about it before the crowd yelled too soon.” 

This event was meant to be a joke but due to the timing of when it originally happened, it did not end well. But he managed to turn it around with another joke. This was one of many actions that would get him in trouble with producers and people that would hire him when he lost the job as the Aflac duck voice. 

Gottfried throughout the 2000s and 2010s would be commonly seen on Comedy Central roasting other celebrities, comedians, and famous people. 

Many celebrities and people who knew Gottfried gave their condolences to the family of the now-deceased comedian. They either gave their condolences to the family or talked about their experience with Gottfried if they were close with him. 

Many of them talked about their experiences with Gottfried from either watching him when he was doing his stand-ups or working with him. The celebrities ranged from those like Seth McFarlane, who he had worked with before, as well as Jonathan Freeman, who played Jafar in Aladdin while Gottfried played Iago in the 1992 version of the movie. 

Freeman also gave his condolences and said that his death broke his heart. “Losing a partner is never easy, it breaks my heart,” Freeman said, according to NY Daily News.