Published: Sun, March 27, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Garry Shandling's death to be investigated by coroner

Garry Shandling's death to be investigated by coroner

The coroner's office is investigating the matter with some pretty serious attitudes, as Shandling's own doctor has refused to sign the joker's death certificate.

Shandling, who as an actor and comedian pioneered a pretend brand of self-focused docudrama with "The Larry Sanders Show", died, today, of an undisclosed cause in Los Angeles.

The physician has "repeatedly refused" to sign the document because he believed that Shandling, who hadn't been examined by the doctor for more than a year, was in fine health.

Coroner's Lt. David Smith said it appeared Shandling died of natural causes but an official cause of death determination had not yet been made.

According to the Wrap, Shandling was putting the finishing touches on a deal to bring his beloved series exclusively back to HBO at the time of his death at the age of 66.

A source close to Shandling insists he appeared to be in the best of health hours before his death.

Because Garry's doctor won't sign the death certificate the Los Angeles County Coroner's office had to step in and begin an official determine Garry's cause of death.

While the circumstances surrounding his death were initially unclear, United States media reports the actor suffered a heart attack.

"Goodbye Gary Shandling thank you for your kindness and your generosity and for making me laugh so damn much", said Shumer.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, the comedian became a household name when he guest hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and was briefly considered as the TV icon's replacement.

Friends Bob Odenkirk and Kathy Griffin had been out on the town with Garry on Sunday, March 20.

The Larry Sanders Show was included on TV Guide's list of the 50 Greatest Shows of All Time.

Shandling was best known for his two TV sitcoms: Showtime's It's Garry Shandling's Show, which aired from 1986 to 1990, and HBO's The Larry Sanders Show, which ran from 1992 to 1998.

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