Gilbert Gottfried death: Jon Stewart calls him 'indescribably unusually hilarious,' plus more reactions

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Comedian Gilbert Gottfried, who had one of the most recognizable voices in entertainment, passed away after battling a long illness, his family announced on Tuesday, April 12. He was 67. “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,” his family wrote on Twitter. Following the passing, many in Hollywood publicly paid tribute to the “Aladdin” star.. 

Click through to see how the late, great comedian is being honored by his peers…

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“RIP Gilbert. Opening for Gilbert Gottfried at Carolines and Princeton Catch was one of the great thrills of my early stand up life. He could leave you gasping for breath…just indescribably unusually hilarious…Damn.” –Jon Stewart

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“I saw Gilbert perform in 1985 and when he entered to applause he said, ‘Thank you, thank you very much.’ He then continued to say ‘thank you’ repeatedly for ten full minutes. It was the nerviest, funniest thing I had seen. So sorry to lose this sweet and delightfully funny man.” –Conan O’Brien

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“Gilbert would be the first one to make a joke about this picture today. The first. And he would not hold back,” Kathy Griffin wrote alongside an image of Gilbert Gottfried, Bob Saget and Louie Anderson, all of whom recently passed.

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“I lost a friend today. @RealGilbert. The sweetest ,and most hysterically funny person .I can honestly say no one else made me laughed harder. Great friend, husband and father. My heart goes out to Dara and the kids. Science needs to put some focus on tinea pedis.” –Howie Mandel

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“Nobody was funnier than @RealGilbert on a roll. He could put you into convulsive hysterics. He was also the sweetest man. His podcast is a comedy treasure. What a terrible loss. Sending my condolences and love to Dara and his family.” –Judd Apatow

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“Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh so hard that day on set, I could barely do my job. A wholly original comic, and an equally kind and humble guy behind the scenes. He will be missed.” –Seth MacFarlane

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“I am so sad to read about the passing of Gilbert Gottfried. Funny, politically incorrect but a softie on the inside. We met many times; he even pranked me on a plane, replacing my intepreter @655jack (they’re like twins). Sending love to Dara & his children. RIP #gilbertgottfried” –Marlee Matlin

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“Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh at times when laughter did not come easily. What a gift. I did not know him well but I loved what he shared with me. My best wishes and sympathy to his family. #ripGilbertGottfried” –Jason Alexander

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“Rip Gilbert Gottfried, a brilliant comedian and just the sweetest guy. We worked together on ‘Goosed.’ Everybody adored him.” –Jennifer Tilly

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“Over the years, whenever anyone asked me who was my favorite guest during the years I hosted Hollywood Squares, the answer was always the same; @RealGilbert” –Tom Bergeron

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“Rest In Peace Gilbert Gottfried! First time I saw him live he did his Jackie Kennedy bit: “Jackie do you remember where you were…” in front of drunk Bruins fans at Nicks. #RIPGilbertGottfried” –Bill Burr

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“Sad to hear of the passing of the groundbreaking and legendary Gilbert Gottfried… My condolences to the family and friends of this genius comic, artist, and provocateur. Comedy mourns tonight.” –Tom Green

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“RIP Gilbert Gottfried, no one ever made being obnoxious, abrasive and irritating more hysterical. Cursed with a voice made of sandpaper run through a medieval torture rack, he never failed to steal a scene. An absurd comedian, flagrantly weird, one of a kind.” –Biz Markie

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“RIP Gilbert Gottfried. A completely unique comedian and classic voice. Our contemporary connection to Comedy’s Old School. Forever a ’50s and ’60s guy. Not too many of us left. Seems like I just did his Sirius/Podcast. Will always be the legendary example of making miserable fun.” –Stevie Van Zandt

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“So sorry to hear this. Gilbert was a great guy and a comedic genius. R.I.P.” –Donald Trump Jr.

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“Very sorry to hear of the passing of Gilbert. A great comic and a wonderful guy RIP” –Diedrich Bader



















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