On April 12, news broke that Gottfried had died. His family shared in a statement, "We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness. In addition to being the most iconic voice in comedy, Gilbert was a wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children.”
The statement continued, "Although today is a sad day for all of us, please keep laughing as loud as possible in Gilbert's honor. Love, the Gottfried family.”
His publicist Glenn Schwartz later revealed his cause of death in a statement to People magazine: "Beloved and iconic comedian Gilbert Gottfried passed away at 2:35 p.m. ET on April 12, 2022, from Recurrent Ventricular Tachycardia due to Myotonic Dystrophy type II."
Gottfried’s life was celebrated a few days later in a star-studded funeral attended by friends Jeff Ross, Dave Attell, Colin Quinn, Susie Essman and others.
Ross delivered the eulogy, saying, "50 years in show business, 50 years! He went on stage as a teenager and he never stopped. He was supposed to do a show last week. This man has been making people laugh for half a century. What a mitzvah. What a mission in life. What a purpose to have in this world."