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NEW YORK (CBS NEWS)Garry Shandling, who as an actor and comedian masterminded a brand of self-inflicted phony docudrama with “The Larry Sanders Show,” died Thursday of an apparent heart attack. He was 66.

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Shandling’s spokesperson said the comedian, who was taken to a hospital after paramedics were dispatched to his Brentwood, California home, had no history of heart trouble. No autopsy was planned.

His death stunned the comedy community, who praised Shandling’s humor, kindness and efforts to support and promote them and their craft.

Some celebrity reaction to the death of comedian/actor Garry Shandling:

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“Garry was a guiding voice of comedy. He set the standard and we’re all still trying to meet it. He gave us all opportunities to learn how to do the best work of our lives. But, more importantly, as I knew him these last few years, he was a person who never stopped trying to be a better person. That’s yet another way he inspired me and I’m sure many others who knew him.” – Bob Odenkirk

“Working with him was one of the great privileges of my career. He was a comic talent of immense originality who enthusiastically encouraged and responded to the originality of others.” – Rip Torn.

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