Amy Schumer, Marlee Matlin and Seth MacFarlane are among those paying tribute to “politically incorrect softie” Gilbert Gottfried after his death at the age of 67.
Ellow Comedians praised his “unique” talent and said he was “sorryly missed”.
The stand-up comic was known for voicing the hilarious parrot Iago in Disney’s 1992 animated film Aladdin.
Other notable films included Look Who’s Talking Too, Problem Child, and Beverly Hills Cop II.
“Gilbert was so sweet. Really nice, a legend,” Oscars co-host Schumer said in a post on her Instagram story.
Oscar winner Matlin fondly recalled times the couple had met, including when Gottfried “played a prank” on her.
“I’m so sad to read about the death of Gilbert Gottfried. Funny, politically incorrect, but a softie on the inside,” she said, posting a picture of them together.
Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh so hard that day on the set that I could hardly do my job. A totally original comic and an equally kind and humble guy behind the scenes. He will be missed. https://t.co/93cKB6KEg8
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) April 12, 2022
“We have met many times; He even pranked me on the plane replacing my interpreter @655jack (they are like twins).
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“I send love to Dara and his children.”
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane tweeted, “Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh so hard on set that day I could barely do my job.
“A totally original comic and a kind and humble guy behind the scenes. He will be missed.”
US actor Mel Brooks tweeted: “So sorry to hear of Gilbert Gottfried’s passing.
“Really a funny, funny guy. So unique. He will be greatly missed.”
I am so sad to read of Gilbert Gottfried’s passing. Funny, politically incorrect, but a softie on the inside. We have met many times; He even pranked me on the plane and replaced my interpreter @655jack(They are like twins). I send love to Dara and his children. REST IN PEACE #gilbertgottfried pic.twitter.com/R4mxWBRsNo
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) April 12, 2022
The news of Gottfried’s death was announced on his social media page.
“We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness,” the post read.
“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 continue to laugh as loudly as you can in Gilbert’s honor.”
The comedian died of recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type II, a condition that affects the heart, publicist and longtime friend Glenn Schwartz said in a statement.
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