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“We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness,” a statement shared on Twitter read.
According to Rolling Stone, the comedian’s Twitter account shared a tweet saying that $uicideboy$ was a “top five rap group” and asked people to follow a specific account on Twitter.
“I’m dead because of [Instagram handle] on IG,” the hacked account tweeted. “F*** that mf.”
The account also retweeted some pornographic images of an OnlyFans user, who responded by saying: “Why the f*** did @RealGilbert just retweet my OF promo after he died??”
“Guys I did not hack Gilbert Gottfried. I am not that talented. Absolutely terrible of a situation, RIP the goat,” they added.
All the inappropriate posts have now been removed from Gottfried’s account.
His publicist told Rolling Stone that they weren’t aware of what happened. A Twitter representative said they were “looking into this but so far not seeing anything that suggests a hack”.
Gottfried’s last official post before his death was of him supporting Chris Rock after Will Smith slapped him at the Oscars.
The late comedian posted a selfie with Rock on Instagram, with the caption: “Which is the worst crime? Chris Rock being physically assaulted or Chris Rock telling a joke?”