Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

Arts and Entertainment

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried Has Died

Gilbert Gottfried grins for the camera wearing a checked button-down shirt and black coat
Gilbert Gottfried at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City,
(Angela Weiss
/
AFP via Getty Images)
Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried has died at 67. A post on his verified Twitter feed says he died following a long illness.

Gottfried died from recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type II, a disorder that affects the heart, according to a statement to the Associated Press from his publicist and longtime friend Glenn Schwartz.

There was always a glint in his eye when Gottfried was just about to tell an edgy joke, for example this one from his Just for Laughs set in 2015: "Let me tell you when I was a little boy if my father bought me a baseball I would've made out with him ... and I don't want to tell you what I would've done for a G.I Joe."

Whether it was natural disasters or terrorist attacks, the phrase "too soon" was never a part of his vocabulary, as Gottfried told NPR in 2011.

Support for LAist comes from

"There's that old saying, tragedy plus time equals comedy. And I always say like, well, why wait?"

Gottfried was also an actor, including lending his unique voice to Disney's Aladdin.

What questions do you have about Southern California?
Support for LAist comes from
  • Copyright 2022 NPR. To see more, visit npr.org.