Gilbert Gottfried, a stand-up comic known for a screwball voice and his penchant for pushing boundaries with jokes about the Sept. 11 attack and the Japanese tsunami, has died at age 67, his family said on Tuesday (April 12).
A statement from his family said that Gottfried, a former cast member on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” passed away after a long illness, which it did not specify.
“In addition to being the most iconic voice in comedy, Gilbert was a wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children,” it said. “Although today is a sad day for all of us, please keep laughing as loud as possible in Gilbert’s honor.”
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