67-year-old comedian Gilbert Gottfried has died after a long battle with a rare genetic muscle disease that, according to the family’s statement, can “trigger a dangerously abnormal heartbeat.”

“We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness,” the family said. “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.”

KXAN reports – Gottfried died from a rare genetic muscle disease that can trigger a dangerously abnormal heartbeat, his publicist and longtime friend Glenn Schwartz said in a statement.

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Gottfried is survived by his wife Dara, sister Karen, 14-year-old daughter Lily and 12-year-old son Max.

On May 4, 2021, Gottfried appeared in a public service announcement where he pushed a mass COVID vaccination program on IL residents. In the propaganda video, Gottfried told viewers that getting a COVID jab is a “matter of life or death!”

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On January 21, Gilbert Gottfried shared a photo of himself with fellow comedians Louie Anderson and Bob Saget. All three comedians have died within the past four months. Saget also admitted to getting the COVID jab in an Instagram video shortly before he died. The results of Saget’s autopsy report will not be made public at the request of the comedian’s family.

Here’s a classic scene with Eddi Murphy in the movie Beverly Hills Cop with Gilbert Gottfried playing Sidney Bernstein:

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