It really does seem to be that every other day now we lose a great person. Today comes the shocking news that Garry Shandling has died at the age of 66.
It's said Shandling was transported to an LA hospital where he subsequently died following a medical emergency at home, but no details as to the cause of death have been released as yet.
Desperately sad news; Shandling was a great innovator of comedy with programmes like It's Garry Shandling's Show and the sublime and oft-imitated The Larry Sanders Show inspiring comedians and writers to this very day, chief amongst them of course being Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, who were of that 90s British generation who felt like Sanders and Seinfeld were their own little secret thanks to the BBC's strange post midnight scheduling. I well remember felling the same with Sanders (my appreciation and love for Seinfeld came much much later) and enjoying the Bilko repeats they often put on after it.