Comedy legend Gilbert Gottfried has died.
In a statement released today, Gilbert Gottfried’s family said, “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 loudly as possible in Gilbert’s honor.”
It’s not yet known where Gilbert died—or exactly what condition he was battling—though it’s been reported that he had heart issues in 2020.
Gilbert has appeared in many sitcoms and movies, beginning with his role as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” in the 1970s. He later appeared as Dr. Heathcliff “Cliff” Huxtable’s business manager, Sidney Bernstein, on “The Cosby Show,” and as Eddie Murphy’s partner, Det. James “Club” Williams, in the movie “Beverly Hills Cop 2.”
Gilbert leaves behind his wife, Dara, and their children Lily and Max.