Garry Shandling Made His Own 911 Call

Critics celebrate genius of the late actor and comedian
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2016 6:23 AM CDT

(Newser) – Garry Shandling's unexpected death at age 66 on Thursday is believed to have been caused by a heart attack, though the official cause of death is pending, reports the AP. Some related coverage:

  • Shandling hadn't been feeling well for a day or so and actually made the 911 call himself, reports TMZ, which says he lost consciousness during the call.
  • His seminal Larry Sanders Show on HBO is "where the new age of television" began, argues Robert Lloyd at the Los Angeles Times.
  • He was a "Buddhist traveler" who had "a philosophical, even religious desire—to search for something more," writes Justin Wm. Moyer in the Washington Post.

  • Rolling Stone has a fairly thorough obituary covering his life in and out of Hollywood. He never married.
  • Here's a 1981 appearance on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, apparently his first spot on national TV.
  • And some other memorable clips, collected by Today.
  • Jessica Seinfeld posted an Instagram photo of husband Jerry laughing with Shandling as they taped an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. "We have been crying/laughing/crying ..."
  • Indeed, the likes of Seinfeld, Larry David, and Tina Fey owe Shandling a huge debt, and Brian Moylan at the Guardian explains why.
  • Conan O'Brien recalls how Shandling helped him at a particularly low point, via the Daily Beast.
  • USA Today rounds up tributes from fellow stars on Twitter.
Click for some of Shandling's best moments. (Read more Garry Shandling stories.)

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