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Comedian, actor Garry Shandling dead at 66

25 March 2016 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Legendary comedian Garry Shandling has died at the age of 66, reports have confirmed as his co-comedians have taken to their social media accounts to mourn him.

The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed the news noting that the actor passed away on Thursday at a hospital in the area. It has been reported that the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a medical emergency at 10:40 A.M. on Thursday for an address listed under Shandling’s name. The patient was then transported to St. John’s Hospital via ambulance and was alive when the transportation took place.

Shandling was not suffering from any kind of illness and sources say that he was healthy and spoke to people before his unexpected death. Just four days before his death, he hung out with his friends 53-year-old Bob Odenkirk and 55-year-old Kathy Griffin. It has been revealed that the cause of death of the comedian was a massive heart attack with no prior warning.

Shandling has influenced other comedians such as Ricky Gervais , Jon Stewart, Judd Apatow , and many more. He also is best known for his work on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” as he appeared as a special guest frequently. He also had a TV show called “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” in 1986, which lasted until 1990.

The second show called “The Larry Sanders Show” had even more success. It began airing in 1992 and Shandling ended up being nominated for 18 Emmy Awards and saw a win in 1998.

Originally, Shandling had a writing career and he wrote for “Welcome Back” and “Kotter.” However, he got bored with writing so he began performing stand-up comedy in the late 1970s . in 1984, he had his first stand-up special entitle “Garry Shandling : Alone in Vegas.”

The other projects that Shandling still has includes “The Jungle Book” movie, which is set to premiere this April 4 and hits theaters nationwide on April 15.