Garry Shandling is dead

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Los Angeles: US comedian and actor Garry Shandling, best known for his late-night talk show series "The Larry Sanders Show" and his quirky sitcom "It's Garry Shandling's Show," died on Thursday at age 66.

Los Angeles police said paramedics were called to the comedian's home and he was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The celebrity website TMZ said he had suffered a heart attack.

The Chicago-born Shandling had a short stint in advertising before he moved to show business, writing for shows including "Welcome Back, Kotter" and "Sanford and Son." He was a favorite of Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show," even filling in as a guest host during Carson's absence. May his soul rest in peace.

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