Grapevine: Garry Shandling collapsed during 911 call

Michael H. Hodges
The Detroit News
  • Ben Affleck’s son really thinks he’s Batman, and Halle and Olivier’s marriage may be on the mend

Shandling’s plea for help

Tragically, comedian-extraordinaire Garry Shandling, 66 — who died Thursday of a heart attack in Los Angeles — was on the phone with 911 when he collapsed and was taken to the hospital. Assistant L.A. County Chief Coroner Ed Winter told People magazine that the question of whether Shandling suffered an actual heart attack at his home was still under investigation. Oddly, there was still no death certificate as of Friday — and no explanation. “There’s no doctor to sign the death certificate and we are looking into it,” Winter said. “That’s all I can say at this time.”


BenAffleck’s 4-year-old son, Samuel, thinks his father is Batman — for real, according to Page Six. “I showed him some of the clips and stuff and told him, ‘Yeah, you know, I’m Batman,’ ” said Affleck, 43. The star of “Batman v. Superman” added, “So now he think his dad is Batman. When I go out of the house, he’s all, ‘Are you going to the Batcave?’ And I have to tell him, ‘Yup, going to the Batcave.’ ”

Halle and Olivier making up?

They’re supposed to be getting divorced. But Halle Berry, 49, and French actor Oliver Martinez, 50, were caught on camera in Puerto Vallarta this week looking awfully affectionate, according to London’s Daily Mail. The couple were lounging at the beach with children Maceo, 2, and Nahla, 8. Berry had her hand on Martinez’s chest, right over his heart, and a wistful smile on her face. Martinez, for his part, looked every bit the smitten lover as he gazed back.

Rockin’ on the Riverfront returns

The free annual classic-rock concert series Rockin’ on the Riverfront returns this summer for eight shows on the GM Renaissance Center’s riverfront plaza. Michael McDonald and his soulful baritone voice will kick off the series July 8. Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder is July 15. Blue Oyster Cult returns to the Rockin’ on the Riverfront series July 22 with hits like “Burnin’ For You,” “Godzilla” and “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper.” Michigan’s own Grand Funk Railroad performs July 29 and “Built This City” band Starship plays Aug. 5. Poison lead singer Bret Michaels closes out the series on Aug. 12. The free concerts are 8-10 p.m. Updates will be posted to

‘Taxi’ saved Tracy Morgan

Yet more proof that TV saves lives — “30 Rock” veteran Tracy Morgan, 47, told Rolling Stone he was suicidal after his near-fatal car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike in 2014, but that the theme from the 1980s TV show “Taxi” kept him going. Morgan, who’s made a complete recovery and appeared at this year’s Emmys, was in a coma after a Wal-Mart truck plowed into the back of his limo, critically injuring him and killing the actor’s friend and mentor, James “Jimmy Mack” McNair. “I was in a very dark place,” Morgan told the magazine, but added that he discovered the “Taxi” theme could calm him down and get him through the rough patches.

Today’s birthdays

Keira Knightley, 31

Kenny Chesney, 48

Diana Ross, 72