The star, creator and producer of the Emmy Award winning The Larry Sanders Show passed away on Thursday in a Los Angeles Hospital, and allegedly from a “massive heart attack”.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed his death and stated they had received a “medical emergency” call from Shandling’s home earlier on Thursday.
His death has come to a sad shock to many as he appeared healthy and had recently been socializing with Kathy Griffin.
Sunday, my longtime friend Garry Shandling was here, making every1 laugh. I loved him. I'll miss our talks the most. pic.twitter.com/Ud8AQXNBXN
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 24, 2016
Garry started as a stand-up comedian on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and became famous for his neurotic observational type of humor that saw him sell his written scripts for shows such as “Sanford and Son”, “Welcome Back, Kotter.” and his show “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show”.
Fans have been sending their condolences
Lost a friend and a mentor. One of the funniest. pic.twitter.com/aiTOrvzqp1
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) March 25, 2016
— Glenn Marshall (@Glennleaf1965) March 25, 2016
— Ben Greenman (@bengreenman) March 25, 2016
Some fans have noted on the influence of Shandling.
If you begin to add up all the people in comedy whose careers Garry Shandling touched and helped launch, it's staggering. We owe you, Garry.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) March 25, 2016
Oh poor, great Gary Shandling. Wonderful segment w Seinfeld ‘Comedians in Cars’ https://t.co/UtkmpTFJem
— James Fallows (@JamesFallows) March 25, 2016