Gilbert Gottfried's Widow Dara Remembers Dead Comedian One Year Later


"I'm so lucky to have found him," Dara Gottfried tells PEOPLE of the Aladdin star, who died at 67 from muscular dystrophy on April 12, 2022.

On April 12, 2022, Gilbert Gottfried, 67, died from muscular dystrophy, a loss felt throughout Hollywood and by generations of fans who loved him over his four decades in the business.

 His unique voice, comedic timing, and loud, profane standup jokes set him apart from his peers.

  but family-friendly voice over roles like Iago the wise-cracking parrot in Disney's Aladdin helped Gottfried become more widespread.

On the one-year anniversary of his passing, Gilbert's wife Dara Gottfried writes a heartfelt tribute to her late husband exclusively for PEOPLE,

sharing memories of the man she loves and misses and talking about the proud father he was to his kids Lily and Max, now 15 and 13.

"Too Soon" fits multiple ways. Gilbert had "Too Soon" humor. This time wasn't hilarious. Young, 67. We had 12 and 14-year-olds. Gilbert discussed comic and tragedy masks. "Comedy and tragedy roommates," he'd say.

I've contemplated that for a year. Grief makes me nauseous, yet we must live and laugh. Gilbert, you gave us joy and love.