On Thursday, March 24, idiosyncratic comedy legend Garry Shandling unexpectedly passed away at age 66.
As the man behind the incredibly influential TV series The Larry Sanders Show and It's Garry Shandling's Show, Shandling made an enormous impression upon many of the musicians he crossed paths with. One such artist is Tom Petty, who worked with him multiple times and shares his thoughts on Shandling with Billboard today (March 25):
I’ve known Garry for a long time. We go back to the mid-80’s. I just want people to remember what great work he gave us. The Larry Sanders Show just stands as some of the best TV work ever done. He was always quiet about his talent and just a really decent guy.