The comic, who died at the age of 67 after a long illness, shared a photo of him and fellow comedian Chris Rock.
Gilbert Gottfried weighed in on the infamous Oscar slap in his final Instagram post, supporting fellow comedian Chris Rock. The Aladdin voice actor and comic died on Tuesday at the age of 67 after a long illness. "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," the family said on social media. Gottfried is survived by his wife Dara, 14-year-old daughter Lily, 12-year-old son Max, sister Karen, and nephew Graham. "Although today is a sad day for all of us, please keep laughing as loud as possible in Gilbert's honor. Love, the Gottfried family," they added.
Gilbert Gottfried, the comedian and “Aladdin” voice actor with an iconic voice, has died after battling a long illness, his family announced Tuesday. He was 67. https://t.co/yjFYQmwt7l pic.twitter.com/nD7qCqks7C— Variety (@Variety) April 12, 2022
Gottfried's longtime friend and publicist Glenn Schwartz told PEOPLE in an official statement, "Beloved and iconic comedian Gilbert Gottfried passed away at 2:35 p.m. ET on April 12, 2022, from Recurrent Ventricular Tachycardia due to Myotonic Dystrophy type II." Ventricular tachycardia is a heart rhythm problem, or arrhythmia, caused by “irregular electrical signals in the lower chambers of the heart,” according to the Mayo Clinic.
I’m just heartbroken about Gilbert Gottfried’s passing. I had no idea he was battling an illness. He was a treasure; a hilarious, deeply feeling, mensch of a man. pic.twitter.com/v0fykzjjfx— Alan Menken (@AIMenken) April 12, 2022
The voice actor is perhaps best known for his over-the-top voice as Iago in Disney's 1992 classic Aladdin. In his final post, he supported fellow comedian Chris Rock after Will Smith went on stage at the 2022 Oscars and slapped the comedian across the face. The 57-year-old comedian joked about Will Smith's wife Jada Pinkett Smith and how she should star in G.I. Jane 2, referring to her bald hairdo. The actress has previously opened up about suffering from alopecia, which causes hair loss. While introducing the award for Best Documentary, he said, "Jada, I love ya. G.I. Jane 2, can't wait to see ya." Pinkett Smith, 50, looked unimpressed while Smith, 53, seemed to be laughing. But in a few moments, Smith walked up onto the stage and slapped Rock, leaving the audience, as well as Rock, stunned and confused. "Will Smith just smacked the sh*t out of me,” a stunned Rock said as Smith headed back to his front-row seat. "Keep my wife’s name out your f*cking mouth,” Smith exclaimed from his seat. "Wow, dude, it was a G.I. Jane joke," said Rock—to which Smith replied once again, "Keep my wife's name out your f*cking mouth!"
Gottfried shared a picture of Chris Rock and himself with the caption: Which is the worst crime? Chris Rock being physically assaulted or Chris Rock telling a joke? In a 2012 opinion piece for CNN, Gottfried defended fellow comics. "If a comedian tells a joke that you find funny, you laugh. If he tells a joke you do not find funny, don't laugh. Or you could possibly go as far as groaning or rolling your eyes," he wrote. "Then you wait for his next joke; if that's funny, then you laugh. If it's not, you don't laugh -- or at very worst, you can leave quietly." While Jada Pinkett Smith clearly rolled her eyes and showed her disdain for Rock's joke, Will Smith reacted out of emotion and took matters into his own hands. Will Smith has since been banned from attending Oscars ceremonies for the next decade. Smith, 53, said in a statement via his rep, "I accept and respect the Academy's decision."
The Academy has banned Will Smith from the Oscars for 10 years following his attack on Chris Rock at this year’s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/6MR51s0WO5— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) April 8, 2022