Garry Shandling Dead at 66
Garry Shandling, an Emmy-nominated comic-actor, writer and director who also appeared in movies, died Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 66.
It was first announced that Shandling suffered a “medical emergency” due to unknown circumstances, according to the LAPD. However sources close to the star say he died from a “massive heart attack” without warning, TMZ reports, adding that he was alive when he was rushed to a hospital.
Beloved Star of Film and TV: Garry Shandling Dead
Garry Recognized for his four-time Emmy-nominated Showtime hit “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and HBO’s 18-time Emmy-nominated “The Larry Sanders Show,” the Tucson Ariz.-bred funnyman also played supporting roles in films.
His roles in movies included “Love Affair,” “Mixed Nuts,” “Dr. Dolittle,” “What Planet Are You From?” and “Town & Country.” He also hosted the Grammy Awards from 1990-1995 and the 2000 and 2004 Emmy Awards.
Shandling was never married and has no children.
Garry Shandling’s Last Appearance
Earlier this year, the veteran actor appeared on season 7, episode 4 of Jerry Seinfeld’s series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” The pair gabbed on launching their careers in the 1970s at LA’s The Comedy Store.
Celebrities Pay Tribute: Friends Remember Garry Shandling on Social Media
Of course, Seinfeld was only one of many comedians who were inspired by Shandling. Kathy Griffin expressed her shock at the sudden loss, recalling that she had recently met with her “longtime” friend over the weekend. “Sunday, my longtime friend Garry Shandling was here, making every1 laugh,” she said. “I loved him. I’ll miss our talks the most.”
“Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane called Shandling his “idol.”
Tweeting, “Saddened over Garry Shandling. He was a comedy idol of mine. He leaves behind the greatest single-camera comedy of all time. #LarrySanders.”
Jimmy Kimmel remembered Handling for his generosity and humor. “Garry Shandling was as kind and generous as he was funny, and that is saying a lot” the late-night host tweeted.