We have an update on the tragic death of Garry Shandling.
As previously reported, the 66-year old comedian and actor died suddenly on Thursday morning, passing away unexpectedly and causing shock waves of sorrow throughout Hollywood.
Now, according to TMZ and other outlets, we can confirm that Shandling died of a massive heart attack.
An insider tells TMZ that Shandling spoke to a doctor friend of his on Wednesday evening because he wasn’t feeling well.
This physician even went to Shandling’s home for a check-up.
The iconic star complained at the time of being short of breath and feeling achy, not making any mention of chest pains. He was told to visit the ER the following day if symptoms persisted.
Shandling then called 911 himself around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday and actually fell unconscious during the call.
Paramedics responded to his residence, broke down his door and found Shandling unconscious. He was pronounced dead at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica.
Tributes to Shandling have been pouring in across social media since his death was announced.
You can watch Conan O’Brien talk about the comedian’s influence on his career and check out a few Twitter messages below:
Jimmy Kimmel: “Garry Shandling was as kind and generous as he was funny and that is saying a lot."
Seth MacFarlane: "Saddened over Garry Shandling. He was a comedy idol of mine. He leaves behind the greatest single-camera comedy of all time. #LarrySanders."
Bob Saget: “To the funniest and brilliant Garry Shandling. Rest in peace Garry.”
Stephen Merchant: “The great Garry Shandling’s work is such a touchstone for me that I was actually discussing him moments before I heard the sad news. RIP.”