Tributes pour in for Gilbert Gottfried

Following the news that iconic comedian Gilbert Gottfried had died at the age of 67 earlier today, loving tributes poured in from colleagues, friends and fans in the entertainment industry, including messages from the director Judd Apatow and comedian Jon Stewart.

A number of Gottfried’s fellow comedians have also expressed their grief and love for him and his work, many of them referring to his remarkable voice and particular sense of humor.

Others in the entertainment and media industries have also expressed their love for him, including journalist and author Dave Itzkoff, Rolling Stone critic Alan Sepinwall, actors Jason Alexander, Jennifer Tilly and Treat Williams, screenwriter of Doctor Strange C. Robert Cargill, wrestlers Ethan Page and The Iron Sheik, Breaking Bad and X-Files writer Thomas Schnauz, and NBC producer Manny Fidel:

Finally, in games, former Game Informer producers Dan Rickert and Ben Hanson shared clips from a segment they worked on in which Gottfried read many well-known voice lines from games in his iconic voice:

Gottfried has died at the age of 67 “after a long illness”, according to a statement shared today by his family. He was known for his many television and film roles, including the parrot Iago in Disney’s Aladdin and as the original voice of the Aflac Duck, as well as his stand-up comedy and, most recently, his podcast Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal. Podcast, where he frequently held interviews with other celebrities.

Rebekah Valentine is a reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.

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