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Viral Photo Of Bob Saget, Louie Anderson And Gilbert Gottfried Is Now All The More Poignant

Viral Photo Of Bob Saget, Louie Anderson And Gilbert Gottfried Is Now All The More Poignant
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In the wake of comedy legend Gilbert Gottfried's passing, a selfie he had taken with his stand-up comedy peers, Bob Saget and Louie Anderson–both of whom passed away in January–has resurfaced and gone viral for an ominous reason.

The entertainment industry mourned after hearing the news that Gottfried–a brash comedian who was famous for lending his shrill voice to the parrot Iago for Disney's 1992 animated classic, Aladdin–died on Tuesday.

He was 67.

According to his family, he passed away “after a long illness," which his longtime friend and publicist, Glenn Schwartz, confirmed was type II myotonic dystrophy–a rare genetic muscle disorder.

Saget was 65 when he died on January 9 due to accidental head trauma, and Anderson succumbed to complications from cancer on January 21 at the age of 68.

Gottfried's photo with Saget and Anderson resurfaced because of the collective impact of their deaths within months of each other.

But it also went viral because Gottfried had posted it to mourn the loss of two of his industry friends three months before his own death.

“This photo is very sad now,” read Gottfried's post's caption, dated January 21–the day Anderson died.

“RIP Bob Saget and RIP Louie Anderson. Both good friends that will be missed."

People in the comments at the time eerily suggested he might be foretelling his own fate.

People revisited the old photo to express their heartbreak after losing the three pictured comedy legends in such a short time span.

Although Gottfried's untimely passing left his fans and Hollywood colleagues in despair, his family encouraged them to remember him the way he would have wanted–with laughter.

“Although today is a sad day for all of us, please keep laughing as loud as possible in Gilbert’s honor," they said in a statement.