Garry Shandling passed away today after suffering a massive heart attack in Los Angeles, according to The Daily Mail.

Garry Shandling

Shandling, best known for guest-hosting The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, started his career in advertising, working for an ad agency in Los Angeles. While in LA, he successfully sold a script to NBC for an episode of Sanford and Sons. After suffering a terrible accident in 1977, he made the life-altering decision to pursue a career in comedy full-time.

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, Garry called 911 complaining of chest pains. While on the phone with the 911 dispatcher he lost consciousness and later passed away from complications related to a coronary embolism.

Fellow Stars Offer Heartfelt Condolences

Goodbye Garry Shandling thank you for your kindness and your generosity. – Amy Schumer

 Garry was/ will always by my teacher. He redesigned the wheel of comedy and was the kindest and funniest of geniuses. Will miss him so much. – Jeffrey Tambor

He was the kindest and funniest of geniuses. – Larry Sanders

I just don’t know how to sum up someone I loved so much who taught me everything I know and was always so kind to me.” – Judd Apatow

Garry Shandling was as kind and generous as he was funny and that is saying a lot. – Jimmy Kimmel

Garry Shandling was one of my comedic heroes. His support of my writing was a huge boost. I will always be grateful for it. Shocked and sad. – Rob Lowe

Sunday my longtime friend Garry Shandling was here, making everyone laugh. I loved him. I’ll miss our talks the most. -Kathy Griffin

Photo of Garry Shandling, Kathy Griffin and Rob Odenkirk taken this past Sunday.

Gary Shandling had a massive presence in the world of comedy and entertainment. His career spanned decades and he was known by many of Hollywood’s funniest as a lovable mentor whose only agenda was his genuine love of comedy. His status as an icon is confirmed by the outpouring of support from A-listers and comedy clubs around the country.

TMZ obtained video of the last time Mr. Shandling was briefly interviewed publicly by paparazzi. In the video, true to his kind, good humored nature, Shandling answers the questions and proclaims that Steph Curry reminds him the most of his own personal basketball talents.

Written By James Lang