After the unfortunate news earlier today that the Golden Globe-nominated actor and comedian Garry Shandling had passed away at the age of 66, there's a bit of good news to brighten up the day.
I'll tell you something, I was at a real low point.
While known by younger generations for his role in two Marvel films, the BBC notes that Shandling was actually an influential comedian whose legacy can be seen in shows like Tina Fey's 30 Rock and Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm. "I just don't know how to sum up someone I loved so much who taught me everything I know".
"I always said he was a doctor of soul". But, more importantly, as I knew him these last few years, he was a person who never stopped trying to be a better person. He recalled that although Shandling was hilarious, he was also extremely sensitive and empathetic.
Comedian, actor, writer and producer Garry Shandling best known for the shows "It's Garry Shandling's Show" and 'The Larry Sanders Show, ' has died at 66.
Coroner's Lt. David Smith said it appeared Shandling died of natural causes, but an official cause of death determination had not yet been made.
The marquee of the Laugh Factory comedy club in Los Angeles reads: "Garry Shandling, Rest In Peace Make God Laugh", on Thursday, March 24, 2016.
No details were immediately revealed about the comedian's death, but authorities reportedly said it followed a medical emergency.
The death came as a shock, according to TMZ, as their sources say that Shandling was still active and healthy the morning of his death. "I'm staying three doors down, we're on an island; there's no avoiding me".
If Shandling hadn't done that - if he hadn't created the character of Larry Sanders, the egotistical host of a late-night talk show and the centerpiece of a comedy series that ran for six seasons on HBO in the 1990s - the current landscape of late-night might look very different.
The Chicago-born Shandling moved from a short stint in the advertising business to comedy writing and standup.
"Working with him was one of the great privileges of my career". He served as a guest host for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and was in consideration to become Carson's successor.