Garry Shandling dead at 66

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Garry Shandling was minutes from leaving his home for the hospital- where he could have been saved- before he collapsed and died

Comedian Garry Shandling died yesterday of a sudden, massive heart attack.

Shandling was, without question, a heavyweight champion of his generation.

Actor Garry Shandling posed for photographers before the Jennifer Nicholson fashion show during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Culver City, Calif.in October 2006. In a moving and deeply personal monologue on tonight's show, Conan O'Brien attempted to express the real magnitude of this loss.

Shandling's influence on Americans of all ages is perhaps best encapsulated by this downright fantastic scene from Freaks and Geeks, the late '90s dramedy that was produced by prolific director and screenwriter Judd Apatow, who got his start as a writer for The Larry Sanders Show.

Shandling substituted for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show a few times before starting his own critically acclaimed show. "It's bad; he's a very close friend of the Comedy Store", said Shore. "I turned to Garry and I said, 'This is the most romantic moment of my life and it's with you!'"

Actor Garry Shandling, best known for his work as a stand-up comedian and time on numerous series including The Larry Sanders Show, died at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica Thursday, TMZ reports. He passed away at the hospital.

When David Letterman left NBC Network in 1993, Schandling was offered to take over the 'Late Night Show, ' with a starting salary of $5 million.

One of his last appearances was in a recent episode of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, longtime friend Jerry Seinfeld's web series".

O'Brien described Shandling as a rare breed of comedian who was not only hilarious but really did care about other people.

He also made a cameo in the original Zoolander, and presented the Grammys and the Emmys several times since 1990.

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