Celebrities — among them some of comedy's big guns — were quick to acknowledge the death of Garry Shandling on Thursday at age 66. One, however, needed more than a few minutes to figure out how he felt.
"Garry would see the ridiculousness of me being asked to sum up his life five minutes after being told of his passing," Judd Apatow said in a statement. "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. "
The comedian was remembered on social media by the likes of Steve Martin, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres and others as someone with a brilliant, unique mind and generosity. "He even voluntarily offered jokes and ideas for Oscars," Martin wrote.
"He had the magic 'it' quality. He used it well and now he goes to live in the comedy Valhalla," said comedian Eddie Izzard.
Then there was this from Kristin Chenoweth, who said Shandling had supported her from the start of her career: "A few weeks ago he told me life was short," she wrote, "and enjoy it."
Garry Shandling was a very special comedian with a beautifully unpredictable mind. He even voluntarily offered jokes and ideas for Oscars.— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) March 24, 2016
Garry Shandling was one of the most brilliant people I have ever known. A shocking huge loss.— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) March 24, 2016
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) March 24, 2016
Gary Shandling was often funny when he was serious. And when he was actually going for it - unparalleled. Bless his soul.— james l. brooks (@canyonjim) March 24, 2016
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) March 24, 2016
Goodbye Gary Shandling thank you for your kindness and your generosity and for making me laugh so damn much— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) March 24, 2016
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) March 24, 2016
Saddened over Garry Shandling. He was a comedy idol of mine. He leaves behind the greatest single-camera comedy of all time. #LarrySanders— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) March 24, 2016
The King family is shocked & saddened by Garry Shandling's passing. Brilliant, funny & genuinely kind. A very rare combination.— Larry King (@kingsthings) March 24, 2016
Wait, what? Gary Shandling? No.— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) March 24, 2016
Very sad to hear the news of Garry Shandling. An incredibly funny man. He interviewed me on the Tonight Show & couldn't have been nicer.— Emma Samms (@EmmaSamms1) March 24, 2016
So saddened by the death of Garry Shandling. Brilliantly funny guy. And a sweetheart, too. Did his show twice. RIP.— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) March 24, 2016
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) March 24, 2016
Garry Shandling was as kind and generous as he was funny and that is saying a lot.— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) March 24, 2016
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) March 24, 2016
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) March 24, 2016
Oh no, not Garry Shandling. I adored him. Such a funny sweet eccentric man. What is this year doing to us? I'll miss him so damn much.— Eric Idle (@EricIdle) March 24, 2016
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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) March 24, 2016