Funnyman Garry Shandling, who died suddenly Thursday at the age of 66, was more than a comedian. The actor/writer/producer best known for The Larry Sanders Show and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, was also beloved by everyone in Hollywood.
In the wake of his shocking death, Shandling’s many friends, fellow comedians, and celebrity fans took a moment to remember the comedy legend on social media.
Sacha Baron Cohen posted this special message in honor of his friend and mentor on Instagram:
Judd Apatow, who was a writer on The Larry Sanders Show, also shared a pic of himself with the late comedian.
Apatow also issued the following statement regarding the man he too considered to be a friend and mentor: “Garry would see the ridiculousness of me being asked to sum up his life five minutes after being told of his passing. It is a perfect, ridiculous Larry Sanders moment. I can imagine how Hank would handle it but I just don’t know how to sum up someone I loved so much who taught me everything I know and was always so kind to me. I am just too sad. Maybe tomorrow I will do better. ”
Sunday, my longtime friend Garry Shandling was here, making every1 laugh. I loved him. I’ll miss our talks the most. pic.twitter.com/Ud8AQXNBXN
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin)
Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk retweeted Griffin.
I can’t believe this. Very sad to say goodbye so abruptly. https://t.co/F89LbZXaER
— Mr. Bob Odenkirk (@mrbobodenkirk)
The world has lost a comedy giant. An all time great. Hey Now Garry Shandling pic.twitter.com/vXaQW9wM6B
— Howard Stern (@HowardStern)
Goodbye Gary Shandling thank you for your kindness and your generosity and for making me laugh so damn much
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer)
Garry Shandling was a very special comedian with a beautifully unpredictable mind. He even voluntarily offered jokes and ideas for Oscars.
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo)
Shocked and saddened to hear about Garry Shandling’s sudden death. I was honored to get to work with him. He will be missed.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow)
So sad and shocked. Garry Shandling taught me so much and possessed sincere generosity of spirit. I will miss him dearly.
— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau)
Sad about Garry Shandling. Larry Sanders was WONDERFUL,and at my daughter Cynthia’s wedding he made the funniest bad taste speech ever given
— John Cleese (@JohnCleese)
Good pal, great guy, funny, funny, funny man lost today RIP Garry Shandling
— Tim Allen (@ofctimallen)
All hail a vagenius has vacated this realm! #GarryShandling
— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne)
Sad news about the passing of Garry Shandling. One of my all times fav comedians and just can’t believe he’s actually gone. One of the best.
— Larry The Cable Guy (@GitRDoneLarry)
— Rosie Perez (@rosieperezbklyn)
RIP the great Garry Shandling. Surely, one of the most influential comedians of a generation.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais)
— George Lopez (@georgelopez)
I am shocked that Gary Shandling has passed. I was so thrilled to have worked with him on The Larry Sanders Show. So funny & witty. RIP.
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin)
Dammit. He was the best. So sad. RIP Garry Shandling
— marc maron (@marcmaron)
Wait, what? Gary Shandling? No.
— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks)
— Cheryl Hines (@CherylHines)
Garry Shandling has died. I am very sad. He had the magic ‘it’ quality. He used it well and now he goes to live in the comedy Valhalla
— Eddie Izzard (@eddieizzard)
Absolutely can’t process the loss of Garry Shandling. Such a genius, such a wonderful man, such an inspiration. I was so honored to know him
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig)
Comedian Garry Shandling dies at 66 💔sad soo sad! https://t.co/PbvSPlVMot
— Tatum O'neal (@Tatum_Oneal)
Heartbreaking news about Garry Shandling. Just heartbreaking.
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers)
I can’t believe we’ve lost @GarryShandling .
A great mind and heart.
— Howie Mandel (@howiemandel)
No!!! Not #GaryShandling!! I am devastated. Grew up with Larry Sanders. Can’t process this. RIP. Beyond sad. Thoughts are with his family.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad)
Sad today. My friend @GarryShandling passed. He encouraged me from the very start. A few weeks ago he told me life was short and enjoy it.
— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth)
Devastated to hear that Garry Shandling has died. Brilliantly funny and truly unique. Tragic.
— Caroline Rhea (@CarolineRhea)
— Chris Kattan (@ChrisKattan)
To the funniest and brilliant Garry Shandling. Rest in peace Garry.
— bob saget (@bobsaget)
Completely unacceptable. Bring Garry Shandling back NOW. This is bullshit.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt)
The King family is shocked & saddened by Garry Shandling’s passing. Brilliant, funny & genuinely kind. A very rare combination.
— Larry King (@kingsthings)
— Sarah Michelle (@SarahMGellar)
Garry Shandling is one of the great teachers in my life. He taught me about subtext, honesty, compassion, the best kind of comedy. Much love
— Mary Lynn Rajskub (@MaryLynnRajskub)
I cannot express how much I loved Gary Shandling. The Larry Sanders Show is the best. So sad.
— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz)
R.I.P. Garry Shandling. I am so saddened to hear this. Brilliantly funny and such a great guy. He will be so missed.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks)
RIP @GarryShandling. Always a great guy to be around. Gone too soon. Condolences to friends/family/loved ones.
— Orlando Jones (@TheOrlandoJones)
Rest in peace Garry Shandling, we’ve lost a comedic icon.
— Tommy Chong (@tommychong)
— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho)
Not Garry Shandling!!!!!! A treasure!!!!!! How sad.
— Andy Cohen (@Andy)
Oh my ..GOD will laugh now as he never has Before REST IN PEACE .. Wayyyy to soon https://t.co/c5T4O6kBHg
— Henry Winkler (@hwinkler4real)
Garry Shandling was as kind and generous as he was funny and that is saying a lot.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel)
— Pauly Shore (@PaulyShore)
Garry Shandling was one of my comedic heroes. His support of my writing was a huge boost. I will always be grateful for it. Shocked and sad
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe)
— Will Arnett™ (@arnettwill)
Garry Shandling wasn’t just the funniest guy in the room, he was the most thoughtful and spiritual. I loved him. #garryshandling
— Farrelly Brothers (@farrellybros)