Comedian Garry Shandling passes away at 66

Comedian Garry Shandling passes away at 66
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[Ed. – An iconic comedy figure for a certain generation.  R.I.P.]

Comedian, actor, writer and producer Garry Shandling, known for “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and “The Larry Sanders Show,” died Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed. He was 66.

A spokesman for the LAPD said they received a 911 call from Shandling’s home on Thursday, saying the comedian suffered from a “medical emergency.” He later died at an L.A. hospital. …

Born in Chicago, Shandling was raised in Tucson, Ariz., and started out majoring in electrical engineering before completing a marketing degree at the University of Arizona. After moving to Los Angeles, he sold a script for “Sanford and Son” and also wrote for “Welcome Back, Kotter.” He guest-hosted on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and was in consideration to become Carson’s replacement. After a serious car accident, he began working on his stand-up comedy act.

In 1986, he created his own sitcom “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” also an early original series effort for Showtime. …

Shandling was never married and did not have children. TMZ first reported the news.

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