Back in March, the world lost the great Garry Shandling. Shandling, a comedy pioneer who created hit shows like HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and helped mentor comics and writers like Judd Apatow and Sarah Silverman, called 911 on March 24th saying that he was having trouble breathing — he lost consciousness while on the phone shortly thereafter. Rumors have swirled around the comic’s cause of death since, but the answer appears to have just surfaced.
TMZ is reporting that they’ve acquired a copy of Shandling’s death certificate, and that the cause of death is listed as a pulmonary thromboembolism caused by a blood clot from the lower extremities. Shandling’s autopsy report details that the comic had complained of leg pain and shortness of breath to a friend the day before he died and, tragically, had previously had a device called an IVC filter (Inferior Vena Cava) implanted in order to capture blood clots and prevent just such an event from happening. He was 66 years old.
Shandling, who never married or had any children, is instead survived by the legion of grateful fans and fellow entertainers who continue to love and cherish his work.