Gilbert Gottfried’s Cause of Death Revealed

by Taylor Cunningham

Gilbert Gottfried’s longtime friend and representative, Glenn Schwartz, has shared the comedian’s cause of death.

According to NBC News, Schwartz revealed that Gottfried suffered and eventually passed from recurrent ventricular tachycardia, a heart arrhythmia caused by a genetic disorder called myotonic dystrophy Type 2 (DM).

The disorder causes weakness, pain, and muscle wasting that affects the face and limbs. And eventually, it can cause serious or fatal complications for the skeletal, respiratory, and cardiac muscles.

Most people start to show symptoms of DM in their 20s or 30s. And symptoms begin in the neck, fingers, elbows, and hips.

Having the disorder puts people at a higher risk of arrhythmias, including recurrent ventricular tachycardia, which affects the lower chambers of the heart and causes it to beat faster. When the heart sustains the rhythm, it can cause a deadly drop in blood pressure.

Gilbert Gottfried was open about his heart problems for years. And in 2020, he canceled live performances in Montana due to his weakened state.

Gilbert Gottfried’s Cause of Death Announced Hours After He Passed

The news of Gilbert Gottfried’s cause of death comes only hours after his family announced his passing on his Twitter account.

“We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness,” they wrote. “In addition to being the most iconic voice in comedy, Gilbert was a wonderful husband, brother, friend, and father to his two young children. Although today is a sad day for all of us, please keep laughing as loud as possible in Gilbert’s honor.”

Gottfried passed at exactly 2:35 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 12. He was 67 years old.

The comedian had been in the business for more than 5 decades. And as Schwartz said, fans knew him as “the comedian’s comedian” because he ignored “political correctness” while delivering “jokes that know no boundaries.

Because of his talents, Gottfried took a spot on Saturday Night Live. And eventually, he moved into the film industry.

Over the years, he appeared in movies such as Beverly Hills Cop II, Look Who’s Talking II, and Problem Child. He also did voiceovers for Aladdin, Tom and Jerry, and Family Guy.

He was also famous for lending his voice to the duck in the Aflac commercials.

The actor also starred in his own documentary titled Gilbert, which showcased his life. And, he also co-hosted a podcast with Frank Santopadre called Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast!, where the duo interviewed Hollywood legends.

Gilbert Gottfried is survived by his wife Dara, 14-year-old daughter Lily, 12-year-old son Max, sister Karen and nephew Graham.