Gilbert Gottfried, the legendary comic, stood up for his fellow comedians to the very end, using his last social media message to support Chris Rock during the Academy Awards.
Gilbert shared a picture of himself and Chris on Instagram the day after Will Smith’s on-camera slap, with the comment “I’m with Chris.” “Which crime is the most serious? Does Chris Rock seem to be being physically attacked or does Chris Rock appear to be delivering a joke?”
He also made light of the “King Richard” star in an interview with the Associated Press, saying that he used to be concerned about donning a mask while performing… but that “now I have to be concerned about donning a football helmet,” before hilariously pleading with Will to stay away from his shows.
Gilbert, as previously reported, went suddenly on Tuesday as a result of a cardiac defect known as Ventricular Tachycardia caused by Myotonic Dystrophy type II. His family has urged that his followers continue to laugh as loudly as they possibly can in his honor.
Beginning in the 1970s as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” he swiftly rose to prominence as a notable character on several television series and films, such as “Beverly Hills Cop II” and “The Cosby Show.”