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‘Aladdin’ Actor and Comedian Gilbert Gottfried Dies at 67

‘Aladdin’ star and owner of the most recognizable voice in Hollywood, has died after battling a long illness, his family announced Tuesday. He was 67.

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Legendary comedian Gilbert Gottfried has died. The sad news was announced in a statement on his Twitter account, which said that Gottfried passed away after “a long illness.”

His publicist told the Washington Post that he died of myotonic dystrophy type 2, a form of muscular dystrophy.

“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. Although today is a sad day for all of us, please keep laughing as loud as possible in Gilbert’s honor,” his family wrote on Twitter.

The SNL alum was known as perhaps, the best for his loud, piercing voice, which got him a lot of work — most famously on Disney’s “Aladdin.”

Gilbert was beloved in the comedy world for his material, and not always being tagged as polite.
The comedian made several memorable appearances at Roasts, especially at the Friars Club Roast Hugh Hefner, in which he told what many could refer to as the filthiest joke ever a bit known ass the “aristocrats.”
Gottfried continue his career doing stand-up gigs, voice-over works and appearing on podcasts right up till the end of his life.

before landing his most recognizable voice role as Iago the parrot in 1992’s “Aladdin.” Iago was the annoying but funny comic relief who accompanied the villain Jafar, and Gottfried reprised the role in two direct-to-video sequels, a TV series and the “Kingdom Hearts” video games.

His other major voice roles included Kraang Subprime in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” Mr. Mxyzptlk in “Superman: The Animated Series,” Dr. Bender and his son Wendell in “The Fairly OddParents,” plus “SpongeBob Squarepants,” “The Ren & Stimpy Show,” “Duckman,” “Disney’s House of Mouse” and countless more.

Many people in Hollywood, including comedians Jason Alexander, Dane Cook and more, paid tribute to Gottfried after the shocking news of his death. “Gilbert Gottfried was never not funny,” wrote Cook. “He was a lovely guy, always friendly and made many people happy.”

Gilbert Gottfried is survived by his wife, Dara Kravitz, and two children, Lily and Max.

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