HEAT ALERT

Excessive heat watch issued for New Jersey with sizzling temps in the 90s this week

Gilbert Gottfried, standup comic and actor, dies at 67

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

Associated Press

Apr 12, 2022, 8:08 PM

Updated 798 days ago

Share:

Gilbert Gottfried, standup comic and actor, dies at 67
Gilbert Gottfried, the actor and legendary standup comic known for his raw, scorched voice and crude jokes, has died. He was 67.
Gottfried died from recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type II, a disorder that affects the heart, his publicist and longtime friend Glenn Schwartz said in a statement.
Gottfried was a fiercely independent and intentionally bizarre comedian's comedian, as likely to clear a room with anti-comedy as he was to kill with his jokes.
He first came to national attention with frequent appearances on MTV in its early days and with a brief stint in the cast of “Saturday Night Live” in the 1980s.
Gottfried also did frequent voice work for children's television and movies, most famously playing the parrot Iago in Disney's “Aladdin.”
“Gilbert’s brand of humor was brash, shocking and frequently offensive, but the man behind the jokes was anything but," Gottfried's friend and podcast co-host Frank Santopadre said in a statement. “Those who loved and him were fortunate enough to share his orbit knew a person who was sweet, sensitive, surprisingly shy and filled with a childlike sense of playfulness and wonder.”
By Andrew Dalton


More from News 12
2:46
NJ Transit rail service into and out of NY Penn Station delayed up to 90 minutes due to disabled train

NJ Transit rail service into and out of NY Penn Station delayed up to 90 minutes due to disabled train

2:25
HEAT ALERT: Scorching high temperatures remain in place across New Jersey

HEAT ALERT: Scorching high temperatures remain in place across New Jersey

2:06
Doctors highlight the importance of using sunscreen, particularly for people of color

Doctors highlight the importance of using sunscreen, particularly for people of color

0:53
‘He’s a coward.’ Norcross calls out Platkin for filing racketeering indictment against him

‘He’s a coward.’ Norcross calls out Platkin for filing racketeering indictment against him

1:27
Jersey Shore towns open cooling centers to help residents deal with extreme heat

Jersey Shore towns open cooling centers to help residents deal with extreme heat

0:52
Jersey Proud: 4 men bike 217 miles from NY to Cape May to raise money for childhood cancer

Jersey Proud: 4 men bike 217 miles from NY to Cape May to raise money for childhood cancer

0:26
Police: Bloomfield man shot at vehicle in Montclair road rage incident

Police: Bloomfield man shot at vehicle in Montclair road rage incident

2:17
NJ Hall of Fame Entertainment & Learning Center to open this month at American Dream

NJ Hall of Fame Entertainment & Learning Center to open this month at American Dream

0:27
New Jersey AG investigates death during police encounter at Route 9 gas station in Woodbridge

New Jersey AG investigates death during police encounter at Route 9 gas station in Woodbridge

0:26
Officials: Wildfire in Berkeley Township temporarily closes portion of the Garden State Parkway

Officials: Wildfire in Berkeley Township temporarily closes portion of the Garden State Parkway

Prosecutors try to link alleged bribes of Sen. Bob Menendez to appointment of federal prosecutor

Prosecutors try to link alleged bribes of Sen. Bob Menendez to appointment of federal prosecutor

1:42
Animal experts urge pet owners to keep an eye on their animals during extreme heat

Animal experts urge pet owners to keep an eye on their animals during extreme heat

1:23
Doctors warn people with diabetes to be extra cautious during periods of extreme heat

Doctors warn people with diabetes to be extra cautious during periods of extreme heat

1:27
Police chase from Roxbury to Parsippany ends in fiery car crash; 3 burglary suspects hospitalized

Police chase from Roxbury to Parsippany ends in fiery car crash; 3 burglary suspects hospitalized

0:33
Some NJ schools announce early dismissals as state braces for heat wave

Some NJ schools announce early dismissals as state braces for heat wave

1:32
Landscaping care, tips for your lawn during extreme heat

Landscaping care, tips for your lawn during extreme heat

0:30
Newark police: Delivery driver assaulted, robbed last month; suspects sought

Newark police: Delivery driver assaulted, robbed last month; suspects sought

0:30
Morristown's Nic Fink to compete in 2024 Paris Olympics

Morristown's Nic Fink to compete in 2024 Paris Olympics

2:28
Walt Kane discusses KIYC documentary on New Jersey’s treatment of sex assault survivors

Walt Kane discusses KIYC documentary on New Jersey’s treatment of sex assault survivors

1:41
Police: Justin Timberlake charged with DWI in Sag Harbor

Police: Justin Timberlake charged with DWI in Sag Harbor