"The Larry Sanders Show" star died yesterday aged 66
Tributes have been paid to comedian, actor, writer and producer Garry Shandling following his death yesterday.
The 66-year-old entertainer was reportedly rushed to hospital with an unspecified "medical emergency".
Mr Shandling's publicist told Reuters that the comedian suffered an apparent heart attack.
He was not believed to be suffering from any ailments or illnesses prior to his hospital admittance.
He was best known for writing and starring in hit shows such as The Larry Sanders Show and his own The Garry Shandling Show, as well as starring in such Hollywood hits as Iron Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Dr. Dolittle, Zoolander and Over The Hedge.
Stars of the entertainment industry have been paying tribute to Mr Shandling, who Ricky Gervais described as "one of the most influential comedians of a generation".
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
If you begin to add up all the people in comedy whose careers Garry Shandling touched and helped launch, it's staggering. We owe you, Garry.— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) March 25, 2016
RIP the great Garry Shandling. Surely, one of the most influential comedians of a generation.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) March 24, 2016
Garry Shandling---so so damn funny! Another comedy loss.— Michael Keaton (@MichaelKeaton) March 25, 2016
Garry Shandling was, pure and simple, a genius— Adam Scott (@mradamscott) March 24, 2016
Conan O'Brien also paid tribute to Shandling on his show last night, saying the news "doesn't seem real":