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The often misunderstood condition that killed Garry Shandling

The beloved comedian's 2016 death highlights a little known disease

Shandling during the 1994 Emmy Awards rehearsals

In an appearance on Jerry Seinfeld's series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," filmed not long before his death, Garry Shandling mentions he had hyperparathyroidism. “The symptoms are so much like being an older Jewish man, no one noticed!" he jokes. Shandling died at age 66 of a heart attack — one of the many health risks heightened from the disease.

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