Gilbert Gottfried worked on an ad WEEKS before he died at 67 due to complications from myotonic dystrophy type II
- Gilbert Gottfried worked the week before his death at age 67 on April 12
- The star shot a commercial for space rental company Hollywood Offices
- He was best known for voicing the character of Iago in the 1992 film Aladdin.
- His family announced his died after quietly battling a ‘long illness’
- His publicist revealed he was suffering from a form of heart failure
- Gilbert is survived by his wife Dara, daughter Lily, 14, son Max, 12, sister Karen and nephew Graham
Gilbert Gottfried worked until a week before his death.
The comedian starred in an ad campaign for office space rental company Hollywood Offices to play a know-it-all celebrity. “We were thrilled to have Gilbert help us out and he did an amazing job. He was kind, professional and above all hilarious,’ the company shared on social media this week.
Actor Gottfried died aged 67 on April 12 from complications from myotonic dystrophy type II, a genetic form of muscular dystrophy, which causes heart problems.
Funny until the end: Gilbert Gottfried worked until a week before his death. The comedian starred in an ad campaign for office space rental company Hollywood Offices to play a know-it-all celebrity
In the spot, the accomplished voice actor poured all his energy into the performance, joking, “Listen to me.” I am a celebrity. I know everything! Celebrities know everything, so I know everything. I have been on TV.
The job was booked through a company called Memmo, which hires famous people for these types of jobs.
Gottfried is perhaps best known as the voice of the animated character Iago in the 1992 film Aladdin. He was also behind the duck mascot Aflac Insurance.
“We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness,” the family tribute read.
Sad farewell: Longtime comedian Gottfried has died aged 67, his family announced on Twitter on Tuesday
He started young: Here the star is seen in 1990 at the start of his career
“In addition to being the most iconic voice in comedy, Gilbert was a wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children,” he continued.
“Although today is a sad day for all of us, keep laughing as hard as you can in honor of Gilbert.”
The note was signed: “Love, the Gottfried family.”
Gottfried and his wife, Dara Kravitz, whom he married in 2007, share a 14-year-old daughter, Lily, and a 12-year-old son, Max.
Schwartz said Gottfried suffered from recurrent ventricular tachycardia, a form of heart failure, due to myotonic dystrophy type II.
His big role: Gottfried was known for voicing the character of Iago in the 1992 film Aladdin
Duck job: Gottfried lent his voice to the duck mascot Aflac Insurance. Photographed in 2010