Celebrities are mourning the death of legendary comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried.
The Gottfried family confirmed the devastating news in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
The 67-year-old passed away due to a “long illness,” the family shared, but his cause of death has not been revealed.
His family appropriately remembered him as “the most iconic voice in comedy,” honoring his iconic voice-over roles in “Aladdin,” “Family Guy,” “The Fairly Odd Parents” and more.
Like most great comedians, the native New Yorker spent several years as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” before starring in a plethora of movies and TV shows, with 184 credits on IMDB.
Gottfried was adoringly nicknamed “the comedian’s comedian” and has been remembered so by his peers and fans who began mourning the star when news of his death broke.
“Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh at times when laughter did not come easily. What a gift. I did not know him well but I loved what he shared with me. My best wishes and sympathy to his family,” Jason Alexander tweeted.
Jon Stewart wrote: “RIP Gilbert. Opening for Gilbert Gottfried at Carolines and Princeton Catch was one of the great thrills of my early stand up life. He could leave you gasping for breath…just indescribably unusually hilarious…Damn.”
“OH NO. Gilbert Gottfried was one of my idols. A comedian’s comedian if there ever was one. I wanted to work with him so badly. I hate this. RIP” tweeted Hayden Schlossberg, creator of “Cobra Kai” and “Harold & Kumar.”
“Rip Gilbert Gottfried, a brilliant comedian and just the sweetest guy. We worked together on ‘Goosed.’ Everybody adored him,” Jennifer Tilly commented. She went on to retweet a photo of Bob Saget, Louie Anderson and Gottfried that he shared in January honoring the death of his fellow comedians.
“F-ck you, death,” Patton Oswalt commented.
“I am so sad to read about the passing of Gilbert Gottfried. Funny, politically incorrect but a softie on the inside. We met many times; he even pranked me on a plane, replacing my intepreter @655jack(they’re like twins). Sending love to Dara & his children,” Marlee Matlin captioned a photo of her standing on stage next to Gottfried.
“GILBERT GOTTFRIED YOU MAKE ME LAUGH EVERYTIME I SEE YOU. THE COMEDY WORLD BROKEN BECAUSE YOU CARE SO MUCH. I LOVE YOU FOREVER BUBBA,” Iranian retired professional wrestler, amateur wrestler and actor The Iron Sheik tweeted.
Gilbert is survived by his siblings, wife and two young children.