Gilbert Gottfried dies at 67

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Gilbert Gottfried, whose shrill voice drew early stand-up and movie audiences, died at 67.

"We are deeply saddened to announce Gilbert Gottfried's passing after a long illness," his family said Tuesday on his verified Twitter account.

Gottfried, who lived in South Florida for a few years, was known for his piercing voice and crude humor.

His family said he was a "wonderful husband, brother, friend, and father to his two young children."

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On May 13, Gottfried was to perform at the Palm Beach Kennel Club's Paddock Restaurant.

In 1980, he joined the cast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" for its sixth season.

His one recurring character (Leo Waxman on the talk show sketch "What's It All About?") and impressions didn't work, and he was fired after one season.

In addition to his stand-up routines, Gottfried has appeared in films such as "Problem Child" and its sequel. In Disney's 1992 animated film "Aladdin," he voiced Iago the wisecracking parrot.

"USA Up All Night" featured mostly low-budget movies interspersed with Gottfried's comedy skits and sardonic comments. From 1989 to 1998, it aired on USA Network.

Gottfried was one of the first comedians to make light of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, just three weeks after the deadliest act of terrorism in human history.

"Please keep laughing as loud as you can in Gilbert's honor," his family said.

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