The comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried has passed away – he was 67 years old.
Per a statement released on Gottfried ‘s Twitter account:
“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.”
Gilbert Gottfried was known for his raunchy stand up comedy performances and a plethora of great movie roles. Some of his most well-known material was that of his voiceover work, with one of his most noticeable roles being that of Iago the Parrot from the Disney movie Aladdin. Gilbert Gottfried provided a great array of voiceover work throughout several cartoons and movies. Gottfried also voiced the Aflac Duck for Aflac commercials (his voice becoming synonymous with the character).
Outside of comedy, movies, cartoons, and commercials though, Gottfried also made a bit of a name for himself in the world of metal music. Back in 2019, before the identity of the Slipknot Tortilla Man had been officially revealed and we were all trying to figure out who that person was, Gottfried had come forward and said he was in fact the Slipknot Tortilla Man. In a video that was presented by Loudwire, the comedian shares, “I’d just like to finally tell you, I’m Tortilla Man from the band Slipknot.”
You can see that video featuring Gilbert Gottfried below:
It was a funny moment that caught a lot of folks by surprise and got them questioning a little whether Gottfried was telling the truth or not; in actuality; Gottfried was doing what he did best – making people laugh.
We send our love to Gottfried’s family and loved ones. May you rest in peace Gilbert.
Words by: Michael Pementel