Garry Shandling Dead at 66

by John Boone 1:46 PM PDT, March 24, 2016
Playing Garry Shandling Dead at 66

Garry Shandling, best known for his series, It's Garry Shandling's Show and The Larry Sanders Show, is dead at the age of 66, ET confirms.

"A medical emergency call was created from his residence. We don't have the time or address," the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to ET. "He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead."

The Los Angeles Fire Department reports they received a call at 10:40a.m. on Thursday on the street where Shandling lives in Brentwood. An adult male was transported to St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California.

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Earlier this week, Shandling was spotted with former co-star Bob Odenkirk and Kathy Griffin.

Shandling got his start as a writer on Sanford and Son in the '70s, before moving into stand-up comedy. He performed on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and guest-hosted the late night program a number of times.

He won the Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series Emmy in 1992 forThe Larry Sanders Show, and has over a dozen other Emmy nominations and two Golden Globe nods.

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Shandling's last onscreen credit was 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which he played a senator and secret HYDRA agent. He also appeared in an episode of Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee in January, titled, "It's Great That Garry Shandling Is Still Alive."

During the episode, Shandling discussed the death of Robin Williams, who committed suicide in 2014.

"I'm sure, like me, you were stunned. I was sitting there watching CNN anyway, and they broke in and said Robin Williams killed himself. I sat there and I was frozen," he recalled. "Then Wolf Blitzer says, '63 is so young.' I looked up with a little hope, because I'm about the same age as Robin. Then I realized '63 is so young' is a phrase you never hear relative to anything but death. '63 is so young to be playing in the NFL.'"