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Gilbert Gottfried’s family has released the latest video of the comedian shot hours before he was rushed to hospital.
In the hours before his death, the comedian had filmed an episode of his SiriusXM podcast “Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast” with guest Brenda Vaccaro.
“Last video of Gilbert’s latest recording of ‘Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast.’ Doing his James Mason impersonation with guest Brenda Vaccaro. Hours later he would be rushed to hospital,” the family tweeted from their verified account.
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the esteemed performer died just after 2:30 p.m. ET on April 12 of recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type II, his longtime friend and publicist Glenn Schwartz told Fox News Digital.
“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,” the actor and comedian’s verified Twitter account shared Tuesday in a statement.
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“Although today is a sad day for us, keep laughing as hard as you can in Gilbert’s honor. I love the Gottfried family,” the statement concluded.
Gottfried’s work on television soon led to film roles. Most notable was his scene as business manager Sidney Bernstein in the hit sequel “Beverly Hills Cop II,” which Gottfried was praised for stealing the picture “with just one scene.”
Gottfried has also done frequent voice work for television and children’s films, most playing the famous parrot Iago in Disney’s “Aladdin”.
Shortly after his death, Gottfired was honored by the Broadway cast of “Aladdin.”
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“Tonight we would like to take a moment to celebrate the life of a comedy legend,” Don Darryl Rivera, who plays Iago in the musical, told the crowd during the curtain call.
“A funny man with an indelible voice. The man who breathed life into Iago for the animated film, Mr. Gilbert Gottfried. Along with five other actors from around the world, I have the privilege of bringing Iago to life on scene and I think one of the main reasons this character is who he is is because of what Gilbert brought to the animated film: his comedy and that voice.”
Fox News’ Julius Young contributed to this report.