Ricky Gervais, Steve Martin, Amy Schumer, and more tweet tributes to Garry Shandling

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Earlier today, comedy legend Garry Shandling passed away at the age of 66. Los Angeles police issued a statement saying Shandling had been rushed to hospital after suffering “a medical emergency.” Twitter, which is home to a long line of famous comedians, is today paying tribute to Shandling with an outpouring of love.

The Emmy-winning comedian behind It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, which aired from 1986-1990, was known for popularizing his brand of meta-comedy, breaking the fourth wall to directly address the audience long before it became popular on film and TV. He followed up his breakout series with the critically acclaimed Larry Sanders Show, which ran from 1992-1998.

The likes of Ricky Gervais (who has always cited Shandling as a huge influence on his work), Amy Schumer, Steve Martin, and Judd Apatow have all tweeted their memories of the comedy great. Check out a few of the top posts from the aforementioned celebrities, alongside messages from Marc Maron, Albert Brooks, and Seth MacFarlane, below.

Additionally, comedian Kevin McDonald has posted a series of anecdotal tweets recalling the time director Judd Apatow offered to introduce him to Shandling. Fellow comic Dave Foley replied to Mcdonald with his own memory of the actor and comedian.

Apatow, who worked closely with Shandling as a producer on several episodes of Larry Sanders Show, also retweeted a couple of video clips. The first is from an episode of The Green Room with Paul Provenza featuring a conversation with Apatow, Shandling, Bo Burnham, Ray Romano, and Marc Maron. The second tweet features a scene from Apatow’s cult TV show, Freaks and Geeks, that pays homage to Shandling’s stand-up routine.

The touching tributes show how widespread Shandling’s influence truly was, and how much he will be missed.

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