Garry Shandling, Comedian and Actor, Dead at 66

Garry Shandling, who pioneered new forms of comedy in his stand-up, and a new take on the idea of a talk night show with the very meta Larry Sanders Show, passed away at 66 earlier today.

The marquee of The Comedy Store in Los Angeles reads: "RIP Garry Shandling" on Thursday, March 24, 2016.

The cause of death is still unknown and TMZ reports that friends who spoke with him Thursday morning said he sounded fine and healthy. After a 911 call was made from his home, and Shandling was taken to the hospital. He said police will conduct a death investigation.

Coroner's spokesman Ed Winter said his office did not yet have any details about Shandling's death.

Born in Chicago, Shandling moved with his family to Arizona at a young age and later studied electrical engineering at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Shandling won an Emmy in 1998 for his writing on the series finale. In 1992, Shandling starred in and co-created The Larry Sanders Show.

Sure, David Letterman is nearly certainly the single biggest influence on today's crop of late-night hosts, on Jimmy's and Steven's and Seth's and Conan's who embrace the silliness of the gig and try to simultaneously play it straight and make fun of what they're doing. Grew up with Larry Sanders. "He was a genius who changed comedy and TV comedy for the better".

"He was complicated, and he had a ton of empathy for other people", O'Brien said during his opening monologue. The show drew on his real-life experiences as a stand-up comic and frequent guest host for NBC's "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson". (Among the many highlights was David Duchovny, a dedicated romantic pursuer of Sanders.) Every foible would be forgiven for a good show.

Pellicano was accused of wiretapping stars such as Sylvester Stallone and bribing police officers to run names of people, including Shandling, through law enforcement databases.

Shandling never married or had children.

Doucett sued Shandling after he fired her following their breakup in the mid-1990s, receiving a reported $1 million settlement, The New York Times reported in 2006.

"Garry was a guiding voice of comedy", said actor-comedian Bob Odenkirk. "This just doesn't seem real still, and I don't know when it will..."

Speaking in a statement to Us Weekly, Judd Apatow leads tributes with the following: "Garry would see the ridiculousness of me being asked to sum up his life five minutes after being told of his passing". "Maybe tomorrow I will do better".

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