Comedian Garry Shandling dies at age 66

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Comedian Garry Shandling speaks onstage at the First Annual Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on March 26, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

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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."

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.

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