Comedian Gilbert Gottfried has died at 67

A post on his verified Twitter feed says he died following a long illness

Gottfried died from recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type II

His friend and publicist Glenn Schwartz said in a statement that the cause was muscular dystrophy.

he was best known for his loud, annoying voice

Mr. Gottfried began doing stand-up around New York as a teenager

There was always a glint in his eye when Gottfried was just about to tell an edgy joke

He was widely criticized after joking about masturbation at the 1991 Emmy Awards

Gottfired was also an actor, including lending his unique voice to Disney's Aladdin

In “Highway to Hell,” a 1991 horror comedy, he played Hitler

In 2011 Mr. Gottfried published a well-received memoir, “Rubber Balls and Liquor