Garry Shandling Dead – Comedian Dies Of Heart Attack At 66
Garry Shandling has died. The comedian suffered a massive heart attack on Thursday, his rep confirms to Gossip Cop. Shandling was 66.
The comedian called 911 from his home, but by the time an ambulance arrived moments later, Shandling was already unconscious. Though still alive while being transported to the hospital, Shandling was pronounced dead at the medical center.
Shandling began his career writing for such sitcoms as “Welcome Back, Kotter” and “Sanford And Son,” before embarking on a successful career as a stand-up comic. He further rose to fame as a frequent guest on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” which he also guest-hosted several times. In 1992, Shandling was considered one of the frontrunners to permanently replace Carson.
Over the years, the Emmy-winnner was also offered the hosting job of “Late Night” when David Letterman moved to CBS, as well as fronting the “Late Late Show,” but he declined. Instead, Shandling created “The Larry Sanders Show,” a scripted HBO series that revolved around a mock late-night talk show, while lampooning the culture of those nightly programs.
While most of his career was on the small screen, Shandling also appeared in a few movies. Some of the comedian’s film credits include Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 2, Over the Hedge, Zoolander, and Dr. Dolittle.