The sudden death of iconic comedian Gilbert Gottfried came as a huge shock. He was 67 when he passed away on Tuesday, April 12. His family revealed the cause of death in a statement.

Gottfried’s family confirmed the news referring to him as “the most iconic voice in the comedy” in a statement released on Tuesday afternoon. “We are heartbroken,” the statement read and simply shared that he’d died following a “long illness.”

Gottfried’s representative, Glenn Schwartz, has since shared that the comedian died of a heart abnormality called recurrent ventricular tachycardia, an arrhythmia caused by myotonic dystrophy Type 2.

Gottfried’s heart condition is a public knowledge for some time now. During the pandemic he canceled a series of live appearances in Montana because his doctors had reportedly advised to refrain from flying during the outbreak due to his weakened heart.


Gottfried has entertained masses around the world throughout his career; since the 1980s, he was a favorite guest of Howard Stern’s. Our thoughts are with Gilbert’s family and friends at this time of mourning. May his soul rest in peace.

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Bhupen Dange

Bhupen is a freelance writer for Ringside News and Thirsty For News; he is pursuing further studies in Computer Science. Since high school, he has actively participated in athletic activities, and when he is not playing video games, he spends his time in the gym training, watching movies, and walking his dog outside.

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