Gilbert Gottfried has died. He was 67 years old. 

His family confirmed the news on Tuesday, April 12. 

"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," the family said via a statement on Twitter. "Although today is a sad day for all of us, please keep laughing as loud as possible in Gilbert's honor. Love, the Gottfried family."

Born in Brooklyn, New York, on Feb. 28, 1955, Gottfried began performing stand-up comedy at 15. In 1980, he appeared on Saturday Night Live for a 12-episode stint during Season 6. He went on to land roles in Look Who's Talking Too, Problem Child, Beverly Hills Cop II and Aladdin as the voice of Iago, Jafar's wisecracking parrot. He reprised the voice role of Iago in The Return of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves.

His other notable voice work includes, the robotic bird Digit in PBS Kids’ Cyberchase, the Aflac duck in commercials for the insurance company, Kraang Subprime in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mr. Mxyzptlk in Superman: The Animated Series, and Dr. Bender and his son Wendell in Fairly OddParents. He also lent his voice on SpongeBob Squarepants, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Duckman, Disney’s House of Mouse and more.

Most recently, he hosted his own podcast called Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast!  

Following the news of his death, tributes were shared on social media. 

Gottfried is survived by his wife Dara Kravitz, 14-year-old daughter Lily and 12-year-old son Max.


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