The comedians have praised his “unique” talent and said he will be “missed so much”.

Independent comic best known for voicing the wise parrot Iago in the 1992 Disney animated film Aladdin.

Other notable films include Look Who’s Talking Too, Problem Child, and Beverly Hills Cop II.

“Gilbert is very sweet. Really kind, a legend,” Schumer, the Oscar co-host, said in a post on her Instagram story.

Hollywood star Mark Hamill shared his tribute to the late comedian on Instagram.

“He is a unique voice in comedy on many levels. Unpredictable, one-of-a-kind, fun and irreplaceable! the Star Wars actor wrote.

“Thanks for a life of laughter, sir.”

Oscar-winner Matlin recalls the times the pair met, including when Gottfried “played a prank” on her.

“I am deeply saddened to read about the passing of Gilbert Gottfried. Funny, not politically correct but an inner softness,” she said, posting a photo of them together.

“We have met many times; he even pranked me on the plane, replacing my @655jack interpreter (they’re like twins).

“Sending love to Dara and his children.”

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane tweeted: “Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh so hard that day on set, I could barely do my job.

“A completely original manga, and an equally kind and humble guy behind the scenes. He will be ignored.”

US actor Mel Brooks tweeted: “So sorry to hear that Gilbert Gottfried has passed away.

“What a funny, funny guy. It’s unique. He will be missed a lot. ”

News of Gottfried’s passing was announced on his social media page.

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

“In addition to being the most iconic vocalist in comedy, Gilbert is also a wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children.

“Although today is a sad day for all of us, let’s laugh as loud as we can to honor Gilbert.”

The comedian died of recurrent ventricular tachycardia caused by type II muscular dystrophy, a disorder that affects the heart, journalist and longtime friend Glenn Schwartz said in a statement.


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