Gilbert Gottfried, the actor and legendary standup comic known for his raw, scorched voice and crude jokes, has died. He was 67. 

Gottfried died from a rare genetic muscle disease that can trigger a dangerously abnormal heartbeat 

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 

Although today is a sad day for all of us, please keep laughing as loud as possible in Gilbert's honor," his family wrote in a post on Twitter. 

He was known for his grating voice and blue comedy 

Though audiences know him by his grating tone, it wasn't yet his signature when he debuted as a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" for one season from 1980 to 1981 

one of a few seasons without Lorne Michaels at the helm. He mostly performed stand-up throughout the '80s, regularly appearing on Howard Stern's radio show. 

Though he had a bit part in the '80s hit "Beverly Hills Cop 2," Gottfried's celebrity rose in the 1990s.  

Throughout the decade, he employed his signature scream-speak in parts in animated films like "Aladdin," as the mouthy macaw Iago, as well as live-action comedies like "Problem Child," 

In the 2000s and 2010s, Gottfried appeared in voice roles on series like "Family Guy" and as a contestant or "talking head" on reality series, including "Celebrity Wife Swap." 

Numerous fellow comedians and former co-stars of Gottfried paid tribute on social media.

"Gilbert Gottfried was not funny," comedian Dane Cook wrote. "He was a lovely guy, always friendly & made many people happy." 

"Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh at times when laughter did not come easily. What a gift," actor Jason Alexander wrote in a tweet. 

"Nobody was funnier than @RealGilbert on a roll," writer and director Judd Apatow shared.