He was 67.
“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 in a post on Twitter.
CNN has contacted Gottfried’s publicist for further comment.
Though he had a few movie and TV credits in the ’80s, including the hit sequel “Beverly Hills Cop 2,” Gottfried’s celebrity didn’t rise until the 1990s. Throughout the decade, he employed his signature scream-speak in parts in animated films like “Aladdin,” as the mouthy macaw Iago, as well as live-action comedies like “Problem Child,” in which he played a scheming adoption agency employee.
In the 2000s and 2010s, Gottfried appeared in voice roles on series like “Family Guy” and as a contestant or “talking head” on reality series, including “Celebrity Wife Swap.” (He swapped wives with the late Alan Thicke.)
“I have always felt comedy and tragedy are roommates,” he wrote for CNN at the time.
Gottfried’s envelope-pushing, blue material was right at home during several Comedy Central roasts of celebrities such as former President Donald Trump in 2011.
Numerous fellow comedians and former co-stars of Gottfried paid tribute on social media.