Comedian Gilbert Gottfried has died at 67. A post on his verified Twitter feed says he died following a long illness.

according to a statement by his publicist and longtime friend Glenn Schwartz to the Associated Press.

There was always a glint in his eye when Gottfried was just about to tell an edgy joke, for example this one from his Just for Laughs set in 2015

The curtain had just come down and out comes Gilbert from the wings. He put his arm around me and we snapped a few photos

But then, I pulled out this,” Rivera said, before producing a VHS copy of the 1992 film. “His eyes lit up like it was the magic lamp itself.

He signed it for me and it’s still one of my most treasured possessions. Gilbert was really kind and sweet and surprisingly soft-spoken.