Dozens have actors have penned heartfelt tributes to groundbreaking comedian Garry Shandling after he died unexpectedly on Thursday at 66 years old.
But few people worked more closely with Shandling than Jeffrey Tambor, who starred alongside the late legend for six seasons on the HBO comedy The Larry Sanders Show.
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The Transparent star played Hank Kingsley, the dim-witted sidekick who always longed for a deeper friendship with Shandling's self-absorbed host Larry Sanders.
On Thursday, Tambor released a touching statement honoring his longtime friend:
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We still cannot believe this is real.
As you've probably heard by now, legendary comedian Garry Shandling passed away suddenly at the age of 66 on Thursday.
Initial reports claimed the Larry Sanders Show creator was taken to an El Lay hospital earlier in the morning for unknown reasons, but now we're hearing his death may have been heart-related.
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According to TMZ, Garry called 911 himself after suffering a "massive heart attack," but was found unconscious when paramedics reached his home.
While there are conflicting reports on whether the Iron Man 2 actor was actually awake when he got to the hospital, we do know he died shortly upon arrival.
We will continue to update you as this tragic story develops.
Rest in peace, Garry.
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We're just as shocked as the rest of Hollywood.
As you may have heard, the great Garry Shandling passed away suddenly at the age of 66 on Thursday after being admitted to an El Lay hospital for an unknown reason earlier in the morning.
The Larry Sanders Show star was a Hollywood legend, so it should come as no surprise that his famous friends are devastated by the tragic news.
In fact, within an hour of initial reports, celebs like Kathy Griffin, Jimmy Kimmel, and Amy Schumer had already expressed their grief on Twitter, saying:
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What truly terrible news.
It's with a heavy heart that we must report that Garry Shandling has passed away at the age of 66.
The The Larry Sanders Show creator and star died suddenly Thursday afternoon after being admitted to an El Lay hospital for an unknown reason earlier in the morning.
Garry got his start as a stand-up comedian on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, and famously turned late night when David Letterman left CBS.
In addition to his comedic roles, younger readers may recognize the 19-time Emmy nominee as Senator Stern from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
What makes this story even more tragic is that Garry was reportedly feeling fine on Wednesday, and was even spotted hanging out with Kathy Griffin and Bob Odenkirk just last week.
Our thoughts are with Garry's friends and family at this difficult time.
Rest in peace, Garry.
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