Kevin Nealon says burglar stole necklace with Garry Shandling's ashes from his home

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Kevin Nealon says someone stole a unique memento of his connected to the late comedian Garry Shandling when his house was robbed while he was away during the pandemic.

“He took a necklace that meant a lot to me because it was an urn with Garry Shandling’s ashes in it,” he said Wednesday on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” “I got some of his ashes after (he died).”

“The weird thing is he gave me the ashes before he died,” he joked. “That’s kind of strange. ‘Cause, you know, he’s very prepared.”

In addition to the necklace, Nealon said the intruder took watches that had belonged to his father.

Ever the comedian, Nealon then continued to crack jokes about how spreading Shandling’s ashes led to a fire and how he called pawn shops to see if they had Shandling in stock.

“Garry would love this. He would love it,” Nealon said about the incident while DeGeneres and the audience laughed.

Kevin Nealon and Garry Shandling (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
Kevin Nealon and Garry Shandling (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

“That’s the only way we can joke about this is ‘Garry would love that,’” DeGeneres said.

Nealon then turned serious for a moment.

“But I do hope I get that back,” he said.

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“That’s really horrible. You really were broken into, and they really took that,” DeGeneres said. “They didn’t know what it was, obviously.”

The Emmy-winning Shandling died in 2016 after having a heart attack. A popular and pioneering comedian, he is remembered for trailblazing TV series “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and “The Larry Sanders Show.”