Garry Shandling’s death has gotten even more tragic because he almost caught his fatal heart attack in time! The night before his March 24 passing, Garry felt sick and ‘short of breath.’ He even had a doctor examine him in his home! Sadly, these efforts failed to save his life.
He was so close to saving his own life. Garry Shandling, the 66-year-old comic legend of The Larry Sanders Show, almost knew that his deadly heart attack was coming. In fact, the day before he died, Garry met with a doctor who told him to go to the hospital!
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Garry was feeling “achy and short of breath” on the night of March 23, according to TMZ. Though he didn’t complain of chest pains, he did feel sick enough to reportedly call up a doctor friend. The physician was so concerned over what he heard that he actually went to Garry’s home to examine the stand-up star.
The doctor reportedly told Garry to go to the ER the next day if he continued to feel sick. Garry promised he would. It would be too late. Garry reportedly called 911 around 10:30 A.M. on March 24, falling unconscious during the call. Paramedics rushed to the scene. Though they discovered Garry still had a weak pulse, his time had come. Garry was pronounced dead at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica.
Garry had previously revealed he was struggling a major health issue while appearing on Jerry Seinfeld’s, 61, show, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. Garry said he had a “hyper parathyroid gland,” but thanks to his quick wit, he was able to turn this serious diagnosis into a hilarious joke.
It’s that kind of comedic genius that his fellow comedians will miss. “He was so genuine,” Steve Martin, 70, EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife.com when asked about Garry’s untimely death. Steve said Garry was “so funny, so different from everyone else that [his death] is a really sad event.”
Steve wasn’t the only big name in comedy utterly devastated by Garry’s death. Ricky Gervais, 54, called him “one of the most influential comedians of a generation,” while Amy Schumer, 34, thanked him for “making me laugh so damn much.” Marc Maron, 52, said Garry was “the best,” while Dane Cook, 44, said that even after his death, Garry will “always be comedy gold.”
Our thoughts continue to go out to Garry’s family and friends during this sad time. HollywoodLifers, what was your favorite Garry moment?