Garry Shandling & Kathy Griffin: How Did They Know Each Other?

Garry Shandling and Kathy Griffin were close friends. Kathy Griffin and actor Bob Odenkirk had just spent time with Shandling a few days before the comedian passed away unexpectedlyTMZ reported. How close were the two actors? How did they know each other?

Kathy Griffin and Garry Shandling were friends for many, many years. When Kathy found out about her friend’s death, she posted a tweet of their last photo together, talking about how he had just been at her house, making everyone laugh. She said she loved him and would miss their talks together the most.

The two often appeared together in photos, such as this picture taken at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards in 2009. They were both in the 2001 movie Run Ronnie Run!, although Shandling had a starring role and Griffin had a cameo. As comedians, their paths often crossed and they maintained a close, supportive friendship.

Shandling died unexpectedly at the age of 66. Sources close to the situation told TMZ that he suffered a massive heart attack. He had not been suffering any illness that anyone knew of and there were no prior warnings that he was sick.

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