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Comedian Gilbert Gottfried Has Died

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Gilbert Gottfried at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City,
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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.

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"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.

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