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.