Police confirmed the shocking news of Garry Shandling's death at age 66 on Thursday, March 24, and numerous celebrities including Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen DeGeneres, Judd Apatow, Andy Cohen and Ricky Gervais immediately mourned the comedic legend.
TMZ reported that Shandling, who's best known for his standout role on The Larry Sanders Show, died at an L.A. area hospital on Thursday. Minutes later, police confirmed the news to Us Weekly. Below is a complete list of celebrities who've reacted to his death.
"Garry would see the ridiculousness of me being asked to sum up his life five minutes after being told of his passing," Apatow tells Us Weekly in a statement. "It is a perfect, ridiculous Larry Sanders moment. I can imagine how Hank would handle it but 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. I am just too sad. Maybe tomorrow I will do better. "
Garry Shandling was as kind and generous as he was funny and that is saying a lot.— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) March 24, 2016
RIP the great Garry Shandling. Surely, one of the most influential comedians of a generation.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 24, 2016
Shocked and saddened to hear about Garry Shandling's sudden death. I was honored to get to work with him. He will be missed.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 24, 2016
Not Garry Shandling!!!!!! A treasure!!!!!! How sad.— Andy Cohen (@Andy) March 24, 2016
Nooooo!!! I love Garry Shandling. So sad!! #pioneer— josh groban (@joshgroban) March 24, 2016
R.I.P. Garry Shandling. I am so saddened to hear this. Brilliantly funny and such a great guy. He will be so missed.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) March 24, 2016
Heartbreaking news about Garry Shandling. Just heartbreaking.— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) March 24, 2016
Goodbye Gary Shandling thank you for your kindness and your generosity and for making me laugh so damn much— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) March 24, 2016
“Garry was a guiding voice of comedy," Odenkirk tells Us Weekly. "He set the standard and we’re all still trying to meet it. He gave us all opportunities to learn how to do the best work of our lives. But, more importantly, as I knew him these last few years, he was a person who never stopped trying to be a better person. That's yet another way he inspired me and I'm sure many others who knew him.”
Saddened over Garry Shandling. He was a comedy idol of mine. He leaves behind the greatest single-camera comedy of all time. #LarrySanders— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) March 24, 2016
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
The world has lost a comedy giant. An all time great. Hey Now Garry Shandling pic.twitter.com/vXaQW9wM6B— Howard Stern (@HowardStern) March 24, 2016
Truly devastated to hear about Gary Shandling. One of the great comic minds we have ever had and a personal inspiration to me. Larry Sanders show paved the way for every great tv comedy that followed and was where I saw Jeremy and knew that nobody could be a better Ari. horrific and tragic loss #rip
I am heartbroken. What horribly sad news. https://t.co/WrBuyDPYQE— Fred Willard (@Fred_Willard) March 24, 2016
To the funniest and brilliant Garry Shandling. Rest in peace Garry.— bob saget (@bobsaget) March 24, 2016
No!!! Not #GaryShandling!! I am devastated. Grew up with Larry Sanders. Can't process this. RIP. Beyond sad. Thoughts are with his family.— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 24, 2016
I'm both shocked & saddened at the passing of Garry Shandling. He'll forever remain a comedic legend. #RIP— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) March 24, 2016
Dammit. He was the best. So sad. RIP Garry Shandling— marc maron (@marcmaron) March 24, 2016
If it's true I am heartsick @GarryShandling has died? One in a million brilliant people say it's not so— Sandra Bernhard (@SandraBernhard) March 24, 2016
Had the pleasure of meeting/ hanging with Garry Shandling a few times & he was a gentleman & obviously so deeply funny. RIP.— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) March 24, 2016
LARRY SANDERS FOREVER. Such sad news. #RIPGarryShandling— billy eichner (@billyeichner) March 24, 2016
At 19 I snuck into the ICEHOUSE and saw Garry Shandling. Articulate, relaxed and hilarious, I left and thought, I should go back to pizza 🙏🏻— Jamie Kennedy (@JamieKennedy) March 24, 2016
The King family is shocked & saddened by Garry Shandling's passing. Brilliant, funny & genuinely kind. A very rare combination.— Larry King (@kingsthings) March 24, 2016
Garry Shandling was a very special comedian with a beautifully unpredictable mind. He even voluntarily offered jokes and ideas for Oscars.— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) March 24, 2016
Sad today. My friend @GarryShandling passed. He encouraged me from the very start. A few weeks ago he told me life was short and enjoy it.— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) March 24, 2016
What a loss!One of the true comic geniuses ever. I will miss him so much. Can't imagine a world w out Garry's take on things.#GarryShandling— David Steinberg (@david_steinberg) March 24, 2016
Gary Shandling was a comedy hero of mine. He once sent me a thank you note that read, "Thanks for nothing." RIP https://t.co/DmCy2JZcGj— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) March 24, 2016
Oh no RIP @garyshandling Such a talent.— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) March 24, 2016
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