Garry Shandling, comedian and creator of The Larry Sanders Show, died today at the age of 66, Variety reports.
Shandling is probably best known for his work on the HBO comedy series, which ran from 1992 to 1998.
Born in Chicago, Shandling got his start writing for ’70s sitcoms like Sanford and Son and Welcome Back, Kotter. He soon moved from writing to performing stand-up comedy, eventually becoming a regular guest host for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in the 1980s.
In 1985, he and Alan Zweibel co-created the Showtime sitcom, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, which featured a semi-fictionalized version of the comedian. The series ran for five years before ending in 1990.
Two years later, Shandling created The Larry Sanders Show, a behind-the-scenes comedy about a fake late night talk show. The HBO sitcom earned 56 Emmy nominations throughout its six-year run.
More recently, Shandling appeared in a number of feature films and hosted several award shows.
His cause of death is currently unknown.
On Twitter, fellow comedian Kathy Griffin posted a picture of her and Shandling from a few days ago:
Sunday, my longtime friend Garry Shandling was here, making every1 laugh. I loved him. I'll miss our talks the most. pic.twitter.com/Ud8AQXNBXN
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 24, 2016
Jimmy Kimmel remembered him as “kind” and “generous”:
Garry Shandling was as kind and generous as he was funny and that is saying a lot.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) March 24, 2016
What do you think? Are you a fan of Garry Shandling’s work? His stand-up comedy?