Comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried has passed away. On Twitter, Gottfried's family announced the tragic news that he died on April 12 after a "long illness." He was 67.

Gilbert Gottfried dies: Comedian and actor was 67

On Gilbert Gottfried's Twitter page, his family wrote: "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 born in New York in 1955. He enjoyed a successful and at-times controversial career as a stand-up comedian and podcaster, in addition to acting and performing with his famous voice.

Some of his best-known voices are the parrot "Iago" in Aladdin and the "Aflac Duck" in TV commercials. He was a Saturday Night Live cast member in 1980, and his film credits include Problem Child, Beverly Hills Cop II, and A Million Ways to Die in the West.

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In 2022, Gilbert Gottfried had been voicing "Digit" in Cyberchase. He was married to Dara Kravitz, with whom he had two children. May he rest in peace.