Garry Shandling was a comedian and actor, well known for his comedy “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” as well as his creation of “The Larry Sanders Show.” He made his mark on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson, afterward becoming a guest host on the occasion that Carson was absent. He wrote and starred in “What Planet Are You From?” and his most recent credits are in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Iron Man 2,” “Zoolander” and “Trust the Man.”
His fans grieved his passing last spring, the cause of which was unclear until now. Just before his death at age 66, he complained of leg pain and shortness of breath. It was discovered that he had a blood clot in his leg, and as a result Shandling received an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter to prevent the clot from traveling to his heart and lungs.
However, on March 24, 2016, at 11:37 a.m., Shandling was pronounced dead from pulmonary embolism, according to the coroner’s report.
An IVC filter is a cage-like device inserted into the inferior vena cava, the largest vein in the body. The filters are designed to catch blood clots and are used often in patients that cannot tolerate anticoagulation medication. But the devices, particularly temporary models, have been known to migrate, tilt, and perforate the vein and other organs. They’ve also been known to fracture, sending metal filter arms throughout the patient’s body.
Hundreds of patients have filed lawsuits against IVC filter manufacturers such as C.R. Bard, Rex Medical and Cook Medical for the injuries and deaths linked to the device.
There are no reports that Shandling’s death was directly connected to his IVC filter.