Comedian and actor Garry Shandling has passed away in Los Angeles at age 66, according to TMZ.
Shandling is perhaps best known for The Larry Sanders Show, a satire of Hollywood and late-night TV that ran from 1992-1998 on HBO and starred Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development, Transparent) and Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), among others. It was a precursor to entertainment business-based comedies like Extras, 30 Rock, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. His scenes with Tambor were some of the best.
In the wake of the news, people have been sharing quotes from Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow, a former writer on The Larry Sanders Show. Apatow snuck in a tribute to Shandling into Freaks and Geeks.
Comedians have been reacting to his passing on Twitter.
Goodbye Gary Shandling thank you for your kindness and your generosity and for making me laugh so damn much
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) March 24, 2016
Garry Shandling was as kind and generous as he was funny and that is saying a lot.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) March 24, 2016
#GarryShandling was my comedy idol. Will miss his friendship & his impeccable timing.
— Cheryl Hines (@CherylHines) March 24, 2016
The great Garry Shandling's work is such a touchstone for me that I was actually discussing him moments before I heard the sad news. RIP
— Stephen Merchant (@StephenMerchant) March 24, 2016
Heartbreaking news about Garry Shandling. Just heartbreaking.
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) March 24, 2016
"Larry Sanders" changed my life. I still watch the episodes over and over. He was a hero to me and so many comedians. #RIPGarryShandling
— Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) March 24, 2016
Watching "The Larry Sanders" show as a kid I thought, "Working for late night comedy looks like the best." #RIPGarryShandling
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) March 24, 2016
— Vanna White (@TheVannaWhite) March 24, 2016
Shandling was very active on Twitter, where his sense of humor and timing was still laser-focused.
Re Trump. A real man doesn't talk about the size of his penis unless he's a comedian.
— Garry Shandling (@GarryShandling) March 5, 2016
The cause of death has not yet been announced.
Screengrab via Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee