This one’s for Garry Shandling. Ryan Phillippe, Judd Apatow, Sarah Silverman and more friends of the late comic, who died suddenly on March 24, paid tribute to Garry’s friendship with one last game of basketball at his home. Click to see more of the loving tribute.
The shocking death of Garry Shandling, 66, left his friends heartbroken and stunned. However, his closest pals – including Kathy Griffin, 55, Ryan Phillippe, 41, and Kevin Nealon, 62, — weren’t gong to let death stop them from keeping one of Garry’s traditions alive!
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Garry had a long-standing open invitation for his friends to play a pickup game of basketball every weekend at his Mandeville Canyon home, according to The Daily Mail. On March 27, the Sunday after Garry’s death on March 24, friends and fellow comics came together for, as Judd Apatow put it, “one last game of Basketball at Garry’s house to say good-bye.”
Judd shared a picture of those gathered to say good-bye, including Bill Maher, 60, Jeffrey Tambor, 71, and more. Garry’s death definitely hit the Trainwreck director hard, as he filled his Instagram pictures over his twenty-year friendship, including a shot of Garry in bed with Ellen DeGeneres, 58.
Sarah Silverman, 45, was particularly devastated by Garry’s death. “Who will I guard?” she asked when she posted a picture of her playing basketball with the late Larry Sanders Show star. “I lost the most generous loving mentor and friend,” she wrote, before remembering how “he made us feel special til we believed it.”
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This basketball game was the latest tribute to Garry. Amy Schumer, 34, and other comedians immediately mourned Garry’s death when they found out. Comedy legend, Steve Martin, 70, EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife.com that “he was so genuine, so funny, so different from everybody else.”
Perhaps the saddest detail surrounding Garry’s death is how close he was to surviving his fatal heart attack. He had a doctor friend examine him the day before, when he was feeling sick and had a “shortness of breath.” Plus, when paramedics rushed to his home, they discovered a limo was waiting to take him to the hospital, meaning he missed his life-saving trip by minutes.
Our thoughts continue to be with Garry’s friends and family during their time of loss.