Gilbert Gottfried Died at age 67.
The comedian and actor – best known for his role as Yago the Parrot in Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ franchise – died on Tuesday (12.03.22) after a “long illness”, his family announced that they had asked his fans to “keep smiling” in his honor. “
A statement posted on Twitter said: “We are heartbroken to announce the death of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness. In addition to being a truly iconic voice in comedy, Gilbert was a wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children. For a sad day, please keep smiling as much as you can in honor of Gilbert. Love, Gottfried family. “
The ‘Problem Child’ star – who hosted the movie’s themed podcast ‘Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast’ from 2014 until his death – is survived by his wife of 15 years, Dara Kravitz, 52, and their children, Lily, 14, and Max, 12, by his promoter Glenn Schwartz. Claimed that the actor died due to a rare muscle disease.
He told Entertainment Tonight: “Favorite and iconic comedian Gilbert Gottfried died of myotonic dystrophy type II on April 12, 2022 at 2:35 pm ET.”
Gilbert’s friend and podcast co-host Frank Santopadre led the tribute to the late star, noting that while his “jokes were often offensive”, Gilbert himself was “but something”.
He said: “Gilbert’s humor brand was reckless, traumatic and often offensive, but nothing more than the man behind the joke. Those who loved him and were lucky enough to share his orbit knew a man who was sweet, sensitive, surprisingly shy, and full of playful and wonder-like feelings. Family, friends, fans and comedy lovers around the world will miss him dearly. To quote Gilbert himself, ‘Too soon!’