Comedic legend Garry Shandling has died of a heart attack at the age of 66. He was rushed to an L.A. hospital Thursday morning from his home after suffering a massive heart attack, according to sources close to the actor.
Shandling is best known for his show It’s Garry Shandling’s Show (1986-1990) and The Larry Sanders Show (1992-1998). Movie fans would have seen him most recently as Senator Stern in Iron Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the latter now listed as his last acting credit.
Several prominent celebrities immediately responded via Twitter:
Absolutely can't process the loss of Garry Shandling. Such a genius, such a wonderful man, such an inspiration. I was so honored to know him
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) March 24, 2016
The King family is shocked & saddened by Garry Shandling's passing. Brilliant, funny & genuinely kind. A very rare combination.
— Larry King (@kingsthings) March 24, 2016
Shocked and saddened to hear about Garry Shandling's sudden death. I was honored to get to work with him. He will be missed.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 24, 2016
Garry Shandling was a very special comedian with a beautifully unpredictable mind. He even voluntarily offered jokes and ideas for Oscars.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) March 24, 2016
Garry Shandling has died. I am very sad. He had the magic 'it' quality. He used it well and now he goes to live in the comedy Valhalla
— Eddie Izzard (@eddieizzard) March 24, 2016
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