Late Comedian Garry Shandling Died At 66- Cause Of Death And His Controversial Personal Life

Award-winning comedian Garry Shandling left everyone shocked after his untimely demise. Shandling was loved by many for his amazing sense of humor.

Shandling is best known for The Larry Sanders Show. Here's the detail information concerning his death.

How did Garry Shandling Die?

The multi-talented personality, Garry Shandling is not with us, died at the age of 66 on 24 March 2016. According to the autopsy, Shandling died of a pulmonary embolism, when a blood clot traveled from his leg to his lungs.

On that day, the comedian was experiencing difficulties in respiration. When checked up, the doctor told him to go to the hospital if he felt the same pain. But unfortunately, the same day he fell unconscious and couldn't make it. He died in Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica.

CAPTION: The legendary comedian Garry Shandling SOURCE: TV Line

The comedian was suffering from hyperparathyroidism. Shandling death has been listed as both natural and accident because his doctor said he had no clue whether the heart attack is the reason of the comedian's death or not.

At the funeral of the actor, around 900 guests came to attend the ceremony. The guest lists included some popular Hollywood figure;  Jimmy Kimmel, Tom PettyRay Romano, Tim Allen, and many others.

Garry Shandling's Controversial Personal life

The legendary stand-up comedian Shandling enjoyed a successful career throughout his journey. However, he led quite a controversial personal life as he was accused of sexual hara s sment by his ex-girlfriend Linda Doucett.

Shandling was in a romantic relationship with his co-star Linda Doucett from 1987. After a few years, the two became engaged and started living together. But in 1994, the couple ended things and walked in opposite ways. 

CAPTION: Garry Shandling and his ex-girlfriend Linda Doucett SOURCE: Daily Mail

According to Doucett, the comedian didn't want to have kids as he was afraid that his children might have the same defective gene 'cystic fibrosis' which killed his brother. Doucett said,

I was 40 and really wanted a baby and he was afraid of having a child because his brother died of an illness and he was always afraid that his child could have it. The only reason we broke up was because I wanted a child and Garry didn't.

On the other hand, a source close to the comedian claimed he wanted to have children as Shandling didn't want to be alone at the end of his life.

He loved his life, but that would probably be his main regret — never settling down with a wife and having children.

In 1995, Doucett filed a case against Shandling and Brad Grey's production company because she was fired from The Larry Sanders Show. She filed the lawsuit for sexual hara s sment and wrongful treatment. The case was settled out of court for $1 million in 1997. 

Shandling was in a romantic relationship with stand-up comedian, actress, and writer Sarah Silverman. He had no children from his relationships.

Garry Shandling: Quick Facts

  • Born on 29 November 1949 in Chicago, Illinois.
  • His middle name was Emmanuel.
  • His father was Irving Sandling and his mother was Muriel Estelle.
  • His brother Barry Philip Shandling died in 1960.
  • His zodiac sign was Sagittarius.
  • He was 5 feet 10 inches (1.79 m).
  • He graduated from Palo Verde High School. He went to the University of Arizona.
  • He had an impressive net worth of $17 million.


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