Gilbert Gottfried’s cause of death has been revealed. In a statement shared with ET, Gottfried’s longtime friend and publicist. Glenn Schwartz, shared that the comedian died from “Recurrent Ventricular Tachycardia due to Myotonic Dystrophy type II.” He was 67.
Gilbert Gottfried Cause of Death
The condition is “a type of abnormal heart rhythm, or arrhythmia,” according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. “It occurs when the lower chamber of the heart beats too fast to pump well and the body doesn’t receive enough oxygenated blood.”
According to the Rare Diseases website, Myotonic Dystrophy type II is “an inherited muscular dystrophy that affects the muscles and other body systems (e.g., heart, eyes, and pancreas). It is characterized by prolonged muscle tensing (myotonia) as well as muscle weakness, pain, and stiffness.”
Gilbert Gottfried Death – What Happended
His family called him “the most iconic voice in the comedy” as they confirmed the devastating news in a statement on Tuesday afternoon, saying, “We are heartbroken,” and sharing only that he’d died following a “long illness.”
News of the actor-comedian’s death was announced on his Twitter account on Tuesday.
“We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness,” the statement reads. “In addition to being the true 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. Love, the Gottfried family.”