LOS ANGELES– Comedian Garry Shandling passed away suddenly at a Los Angeles-area hospital on Thursday. He was 66 years old.
A source told TMZ Shandling seemed healthy and was speaking to people Thursday morning. Sources also told the entertainment website he died of a massive heart attack without any warning.
Just days ago, fellow comedian Kathy Griffin posted a photo with Shandling and Bob Odenkirk. On Thursday, she tweeted, “Sunday, my longtime friend Garry Shandling was here, making every1 laugh. I loved him. I’ll miss our talks the most.”
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 21, 2016
Shandling wrote, produced and starred in “The Larry Sanders Show” from 1992 to 1998. Most recently, he appeared in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Iron Man 2.”
Celebrities reflected on the comedian’s career after hearing of his passing.
Goodbye Gary Shandling thank you for your kindness and your generosity and for making me laugh so damn much
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) March 24, 2016
Garry Shandling was as kind and generous as he was funny and that is saying a lot.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) March 24, 2016
If it's true I am heartsick @GarryShandling has died? One in a million brilliant people say it's not so
— Sandra Bernhard (@SandraBernhard) March 24, 2016
Not Garry Shandling!!!!!! A treasure!!!!!! How sad.
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) March 24, 2016
RIP the great Garry Shandling. Surely, one of the most influential comedians of a generation.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 24, 2016
Saddened over Garry Shandling. He was a comedy idol of mine. He leaves behind the greatest single-camera comedy of all time. #LarrySanders
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) March 24, 2016
"I'm dating a woman now who, evidently, is unaware of it." Garry Shandling pic.twitter.com/W0myj8oV03
— Jerry O'Connell (@MrJerryOC) March 24, 2016