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Comedian Garry Shandling dies at age 66

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

He was 66.

Las Angeles Police officer Tony Im said Shandling died Thursday in Los Angeles. A cause of death has not been released, but he was not known to be suffering from any illnesses.

The Chicago-born Shandling moved moved to Los Angeles, where he sold a script for “Sanford and Son” and wrote for “Welcome Back, Kotter.” He guest-hosted “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and was in consideration to become Carson’s replacement.

In 1986, Shandling created the "It's Garry Shandling's Show," for Showtime, that lasted until 1990, winning four Emmys.

His second show, "The Larry Sanders Show," began airing on HBO in 1992and ran until 1998. Shandling was nominated for 18 Emmys for the show and, along with Peter Tolan, won an Emmy for the series finale.

NBC offered him $5 million to take over “Late Night” when David Letterman moved to CBS in 1993, but he declined, according to Variety. He was also offered “The Late Late Show” but declined to do the “Larry Sanders Show.”

He appeared in and did voices for films including “Iron Man 2,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Dr. Dolittle,” “Zoolander” and “Over the Hedge.”

In the past week, Shandling retweeted a photo of himself with Kathy Griffin and Bob Odenkirk.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.