A huge outpouring of grief swept Hollywood Thursday afternoon after news broke that actor-comedian Garry Shandling passed away suddenly at the age of 66.
Celebrity friends and associates of Shandling took to social media throughout the day to offer their condolences and pay their last respects:
Garry Shandling was a very special comedian with a beautifully unpredictable mind. He even voluntarily offered jokes and ideas for Oscars.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) March 24, 2016
A moment to celebrate an true, original & tv pioneer and yes 1 of the funniest. Was an honor to know him. Condolences to his family. R.I.P
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) March 24, 2016
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) March 24, 2016
Shocked and saddened to hear about Garry Shandling's sudden death. I was honored to get to work with him. He will be missed.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 24, 2016
Sunday, my longtime friend Garry Shandling was here, making every1 laugh. I loved him. I'll miss our talks the most. pic.twitter.com/Ud8AQXNBXN
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) March 24, 2016
Saddened over Garry Shandling. He was a comedy idol of mine. He leaves behind the greatest single-camera comedy of all time. #LarrySanders
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) March 24, 2016
Goodbye Gary Shandling thank you for your kindness and your generosity and for making me laugh so damn much
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) March 24, 2016
Garry Shandling was as kind and generous as he was funny and that is saying a lot.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) March 24, 2016
Garry, You were so kind, so funny, so smart. You were my mentor. You were family. This is all… https://t.co/IXeqSCZxjg
— Kevin Nealon (@kevin_nealon) March 24, 2016
Garry Shandling was one funny motherfucker.
— Denis Leary (@denisleary) March 24, 2016
(: gonna miss ya man you were amazing love u pic.twitter.com/w16qjUE3cc
— Pauly Shore (@PaulyShore) March 24, 2016
The world has lost a comedy giant. An all time great. Hey Now Garry Shandling pic.twitter.com/vXaQW9wM6B
— Howard Stern (@HowardStern) March 24, 2016
#garryshandling Too funny. Too young. RIP
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) March 24, 2016
Maybe a handfull of comedians that changed and shaped how comedy on tv is done for decades to follow. Garry Shandling is on our Mt. Rushmore
— Kevin Pollak (@kevinpollak) March 24, 2016
— Melissa Joan Hart (@MelissaJoanHart) March 24, 2016
Sad today. My friend @GarryShandling passed. He encouraged me from the very start. A few weeks ago he told me life was short and enjoy it.
— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) March 24, 2016
To the funniest and brilliant Garry Shandling. Rest in peace Garry.
— bob saget (@bobsaget) March 24, 2016
At 19 I snuck into the ICEHOUSE and saw Garry Shandling. Articulate, relaxed and hilarious, I left and thought, I should go back to pizza 🙏🏻
— Jamie Kennedy (@JamieKennedy) March 24, 2016
Gary Shandling was a comedy hero of mine. He once sent me a thank you note that read, "Thanks for nothing." RIP https://t.co/DmCy2JZcGj
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) March 24, 2016
Had the pleasure of meeting/ hanging with Garry Shandling a few times & he was a gentleman & obviously so deeply funny. RIP.
— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) March 24, 2016