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12 celebs pay tribute to comic Garry Shandling following his unexpected death

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Conan O'Brien celebrates the late Garry Shandling for not just his incredible career, but his amazing character

Beloved comedian Garry Shandling died unexpectedly on Thursday, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

According to the publication, The Los Angeles Fire Department was sent to Shandling's address in response to "a medical emergency." He was transported to Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, where he later died.

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There is little detail surrounding the cause of Shandling's death, but according to TMZ, sources familiar with the situation revealed that he died of a massive heart attack, with no prior warning.

Tributes have poured in for Shandling, showing just how he affected the lives and careers of other leading comedians. Among the celebs inspired by Shandling's career are Steve Martin, Neil Patrick Harris, Paul Feig, Miranda Hart and Olivia Munn.

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Rob Lowe expressed his sadness over losing his "comedic hero," and Billy Crystal praised Shandling for being "one of the most brilliant people I've ever known."

Kathy Griffin also took to Twitter to share a heartfelt tribute to her dear friend.

Jerry Seinfeld and his wife, Jessica, celebrated Shandling with an Instagram post, in which they discussed the "beautiful, gentle, BRILLIANT sweet angel" that he was.

Jimmy Kimmel paid his respects to a man who was both kind and generous, as well as incredibly funny.

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While Lena Dunham thanked Shandling for "redefining sitcom."

But it's not just Shandling's career that is being celebrated, but also his character. Conan O'Brien used his self-titled show's opening monologue to make a tribute to his friend, a man who he described as having a "ton of empathy for other people."

"He was extremely sensitive, he was complicated, and he had a ton of empathy for other people," O'Brien said. "That is something that in this business, in comedy, that is very rare. He really did care about other people."

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