Gilbert Gottfried backed Chris Rock after Will Smith’s Oscar slap in final social media post before death – Reuters News in France and abroad

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Gilbert Gottfried showed his support for Chris Rock in his final days.

Gottfried, one of the most recognizable voices in show business, died after a long illness tuesday. He was 67 years old.

A look at Gottfried’s social media history shows that the last Twitter and Instagram posts he shared with his fans featured a selfie of him and fellow comedian Rock. He drew attention to the Oscars controversy, in which Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head and was then slapped on live TV by Will Smith.

“What is the worst crime? Chris Rock physically assaulted or Chris Rock telling a joke? Gottfried captioned the selfie on March 28, just a day after the Academy Awards.

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It appeared that Gottfried, known for his voice role in “Aladdin,” sided with Rock. The March 28 post would be his last posts before his team announced his passing on Tuesday.

“We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness. Along with being the most iconic voice in comedy, Gilbert was a wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children,” the actor and comedian’s verified Twitter account shared Tuesday in a statement.

“Although today is a sad day for us, keep laughing as hard as you can in honor of Gilbert. I love the Gottfried family,” the statement concluded.

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Will Smith punches Chris Rock as the comedian presented the Best Documentary Feature Award at the Oscars, Sunday, March 27, 2022, in Los Angeles.
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the esteemed performer died just after 2:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday of recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type II, his longtime friend and publicist Glenn Schwartz told Fox News Digital.

Gilbert’s friend and podcast co-host Frank Santopadre said of Gilbert, “Gilbert’s brand of humor was brash, shocking and often offensive, but the man behind the jokes was anything but.” Those who loved him and were lucky enough to share his orbit knew a person who was gentle, sensitive, surprisingly shy, and filled with a childlike sense of playfulness and wonder. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends, fans and comedy enthusiasts around the world. To quote Gilbert himself, “Too soon! » «

Gottfried’s work on television soon led to film roles. Most notable was his scene as business executive Sidney Bernstein in the hit sequel “Beverly Hills Cop II,” which Gottfried was praised for stealing the picture “with just one scene.”

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Gottfried has also done frequent voice work for television and children’s films, most playing the famous parrot Iago in Disney’s “Aladdin”.

The year has already seen the loss of several beloved comedians, including Louie Anderson and Bob Saget.

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In January, Gottfried tweeted a photo of the three men together, with the text, “This photo is very sad now. RIP Bob Saget and RIP Louie Anderson. Two good friends who will be missed. »

The year has already seen the loss of several beloved comedians, including Louie Anderson and Bob Saget.
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Gottfried is survived by his wife Dara, daughter Lily, 14, son Max, 12, sister Karen and nephew Graham.

Julius Young of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Gilbert Gottfried backed Chris Rock after Will Smith’s Oscar slap in final social media post before death – Reuters News in France and abroad