Vale: Gilbert Gottfried

Veteran voice actor and comedian, best known for Aladdin and a string of TV cartoons, has died.

Veteran voice actor and comedian Gilbert Gottfried, best known for Aladdin and a string of TV cartoons, has died aged 67.

Gottfried died from recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type II, a disorder that affects the heart.

“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.

He first came to national attention with frequent appearances on MTV in its early days and with a brief stint in the cast of Saturday Night Live in the 1980s.

Gottfried also did frequent voice work for children’s television and movies, most famously playing the parrot Iago in Disney’s Aladdin.

He also put his high-pitched voice to good use in The Fairly OddParents, Ren and Stimpy, Bobby’s World, The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat, Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man and Cyberchase.

Source: ABC, Hollywood Reporter

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    1. And how good was he with those roasts! He was hilarious. I particularity liked his roast of Trump, you could see Trump looking quite uncomfortable at times, which is how you know the roaster has hit the mark and done their job. Thanks for all the laughs Gilbert.

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