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Comedian, actor, writer and all-around good guy Garry Shandling has reportedly passed away at the age of 66.

According to TMZ, Shandling suffered from a massive heart attack at his home and died in a Los Angeles hospital. An LAPD spokesperson confirmed the sad report to The Hollywood Reporter.

After penning scripts for classic sitcoms like Sanford And Son and Welcome Back, Kotter, Shandling made a name for himself on the stand-up circuit before becoming a regular substitute host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. Later, he went on to create his own comedy series called It's Garry Shandling's Show in 1986 and another successful comedy series, The Larry Sanders Show in 1992.

Younger fans might recognize him as the menacing Senator Stern from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in both Iron Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Shandling was also a mainstay at awards shows, hosting multiple Emmy and Grammy awards.

Though details are still developing on his death, one thing is for certain: The brilliant comic mind of Garry Shandling will be missed by Hollywood and audiences alike.

(Source: TMZ)

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