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Actor and Comedian Garry Shandling Dead At 66

Actor and comedian Garry Shandling, who masterminded and starred in HBO's The Larry Sanders Show, has died of an apparent heart attack.

The news comes as a shock but Shandling actually revealed he had been diagnosed with a health issue during his final appearance on Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee in January.

"So it turns out I had a hyper parathyroid gland that was undiagnosed because the symptoms mirror the exact same symptoms an older Jewish man would have," Shandling told Seinfeld.

"It's lethargic, you get puffy, you get heavy, you think you kind of want a divorce but you're married."

Eerily, the episode in which the two discussed mortality was titled 'It's Great That Garry Shandling Is Still Alive'.

Shandling's many friends expressed their support on social media.

"Garry Shandling was a very special comedian with a beautifully unpredictable mind. He even voluntarily offered jokes and ideas for Oscars," said Steve Martin.

"Garry was/ will always be my teacher. He redesigned the wheel of comedy and was the kindest and funniest of geniuses Will miss him so much," wrote Jeffrey Tambor.

"Garry Shandling was one of the most brilliant people I have ever known. A shocking huge loss," said Billy Crystal.

"Garry Shandling was as kind and generous as he was funny and that is saying a lot," summed up Jimmy Kimmel.

Kathy Griffin revealed she had met the comedian just this past Sunday.

March 25, 2016 |

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