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George Shapiro, known as the producer of “Seinfeld” and personal manager of Jerry Seinfeld himself, has died.
Shapiro died Thursday of natural causes at his home in Beverly Hills, his publicist told The Hollywood Reporter.
Tributes to the producer and manager poured in on social media. TV writer Norman Lear shared a touching message after hearing the news.
“One of the dearest people I have ever known, George Shapiro, has just died,” he captioned an Instagram post. “I bless our friendship and, at 99, I’m sure I’ll see him relatively soon.”
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“Seinfeld” star Jason Alexander also paid tribute to the producer on Twitter.
“A wonderful man named George Shapiro died yesterday at the age of 91,” he wrote. “He was a key SEINFELD producer. But more than that, his kindness and cheerful optimism was a constant reminder to live life to the full, with gratitude and with the biggest smile possible. Thank you, George.”
Shapiro, alongside the late Howard West, brought “Seinfeld” to life. The two also took part in the production of Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”
The producer also worked on “Summer Rental” and “Summer School”.
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Besides Seinfeld, Shapiro has also directed others, including Andy Kaufman, Carl Reiner, Marty Feldman, and Robert Wuhl.
Shapiro is survived by his brother Don, his partner Melody Shapiro and their three children, Danny, Carrie and Stefanie.
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