The Latest: Heart attack probable cause of Shandling's death

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Posted: Mar 24, 2016 8:13 PM
The Latest: Heart attack probable cause of Shandling's death

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the death of actor and comedian Garry Shandling (all times local):

5 p.m.

Garry Shandling's spokesman says doctors believe the comedian died from a heart attack.

Alan Nierob says Shandling had no history of heart trouble, but doctors at the hospital where Shandling died Thursday said it appeared the 66-year-old suffered a fatal heart attack.

A coroner's official says Shandling died from natural causes and no autopsy is planned.

Lt. David Smith says medical records will be used to determine Shandling's official cause of death.

Smith says there has been no official cause of death determination yet, but medical records will be used to determine how the 66-year-old comedian died.

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3:30 p.m.

A coroner's official says Garry Shandling's death appears to be from natural causes and no autopsy is planned.

Lt. David Smith says there has been no official cause of death determination yet, but medical records will be used to determine how the 66-year-old comedian died.

Shandling was taken from his Los Angeles home by ambulance Thursday morning for an unspecified medical emergency and pronounced dead at a hospital.

It is unclear when the coroner will make a final determination on Shandling's cause of death.

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12:50 p.m.

Garry Shandling, who as an actor and comedian pioneered a pretend brand of self-focused docudrama with "The Larry Sanders Show," has died.

Las Angeles Police officer Tony Im said Shandling died Thursday in Los Angeles of an undisclosed cause. He was 66.

The Chicago-born Shandling moved from a short stint in the advertising business to comedy writing and standup.

Then in the 1980s he began to experiment with TV comedy with his first series, "It's Garry Shandling's Show," a Showtime sitcom that called attention to its artificial nature with the actors routinely breaking the fourth wall.

In 1992, he created his comic masterpiece with "The Larry Sanders Show," which starred him as an egomaniacal late-night TV host with an anxiety-ridden show-biz life behind the scenes.