Garry Shandling Likely Died of a Heart Attack

Beloved comedian Garry Shandling most likely died at the age of 66 from a heart attack, the Associated Press reports. Doctors told Shandling's spokesman the update on Thursday, March 24.

As previously reported, a medical emergency call was made from Shandling's home at 10:40 a.m. local time on Thursday. He was taken to an L.A. hospital by ambulance and was later pronounced dead.

According to the AP, no autopsy is planned at this time. Lt. David Smith stated that Shandling's medical records will be used to retrieve further information.

Garry Shandling Eric Isaacs/FilmMagic

Shandling was in good spirits just days before his passing. Over the weekend, he spent time with friends Kathy Griffin and Better Call Saul actor Bob Odenkirk. Griffin, 55, reacted to the news of his death via Twitter on Thursday.

"Sunday, my longtime friend Garry Shandling was here, making every1 laugh," she wrote. "I loved him. I'll miss our talks the most."

Griffin also opened up about Shandling in a statement to Us Weekly. “I’m crushed. That man made me laugh,” she told Us. “Spoke to me as a peer. Even though I’ve known him since the 90s, it’s in the last few years that we have had meaningful and memorable one-on-one talks. I had no idea our last one would be four days ago.”

Despite looking healthy, Shandling recently revealed during Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee that he had a hyperparathyroid gland that went undiagnosed. The episode aired in January.

"The symptoms mirror the exact same symptoms an older Jewish man would have," Shandling joked at the time. "Which is lethargic, you get puffy, you get heavy, you think you kind of want a divorce but you’re not married."

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