One of the most recognisable voices in Hollywood has sadly passed away.

Gilbert Gottfried has died after battling a long illness. The star's family announced the sad news on Tuesday.

Aged 67, Gottfried was known in Hollywood for his recognisable voice, his crude humour and for forever being politically incorrect.

He died of myotonic dystrophy type 2, which is a form of muscular dystrophy.

His family wrote on Twitter: "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."

Gottfried, an accomplished comedian and actor, was well-versed in lending his voice to various cartoon characters over the decades. His most famous role was as Iago, Jafar's right-hand bird, in Disney's 'Aladdin'. He reprised the role in various video games that the character appeared in, and also in the cartoon TV series during the '90s.

Gilbert Gottfried was also a cast member on 'Saturday Night Live' during the '80s and '90s, and had a starring role in 'Beverly Hills Cop II' and 'Look Who’s Talking Too'.

His extensive CV also includes appearances in 'Family Guy', 'Spongebob Squarepants', 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles', 'Fairly OddParents' and 'Thumbelina'.

Jason Alexander, Richard Lewis, Dane Cook, Rainn Wilson, Tom Green and many more have been sharing their condolences. Twitter users have been sharing touching tributes to the comedian, and this hilarious sequence from his time on 'Hollywood Squares' has been doing the rounds online.

Via Variety.