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George Carlin Passes Away at 71

Comedian and actor passes away of heart failure

By Jarrod Sarafin     June 23, 2008
Source: Assocated Press Release

George Carlin and Ben Affleck in Kevin Smith's JERSEY GIRL(2004).
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Comedian George Carlin, a counter-culture hero famed for his routines about drugs and dirty words, died of heart failure at a Los Angeles-area hospital on Sunday, a spokesman said. He was 71.

Carlin, who had a history of heart and drug-dependency problems, died at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica at about 6 p.m. PT after being admitted earlier in the afternoon for chest pains, spokesman Jeff Abraham said.

Known for his edgy, provocative material, Carlin achieved status as an anti-Establishment icon in the 1970s with stand-up bits full of drug references and a routine called "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television."

A regulatory battle over a radio broadcast of the routine ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court. In the 1978 case, Federal Communications Commission vs. Pacifica Foundation, the top U.S. court ruled that the words cited in Carlin's routine were indecent, and that the government's broadcast regulator could ban them from being aired at times when children might be listening.

Carlin's comedic sensibility often came back to a central theme: humanity is doomed. "I don't have any beliefs or allegiances. I don't believe in this country, I don't believe in religion, or a god, and I don't believe in all these man-made institutional ideas," he told Reuters in a 2001 interview.

Carlin, who wrote several books and performed in many television comedy specials, is survived by his wife, Sally Wade, and daughter Kelly Carlin McCall.


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Dazzler 6/23/2008 4:47:02 AM
He was great in Dogma pimping his "Buddy Jesus". I wonder if they will bring that up at the pearly gates? RIP.
DGEKSTROM 6/23/2008 5:00:56 AM
The only two people in comedy that made a significant impact to me was Richard Pryor and George Carlin. I've never had the opportunity to see either in person, but after years of waiting, Carlin was finally coming back to Kansas City this October. Needless to say, I had planned on attending. His satire will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
ponyboy76 6/23/2008 5:19:30 AM
Truly a loss of greatness in the world. Carlin was not only a great comedian but a true rebel. Not many people like that these days. We will sorely miss you Bro! Kevin Smith is probably crying his eyes out.
hanso 6/23/2008 5:22:41 AM
In the words of the Undertaker: "Resssssst innnnnn peeeeeeeeeeace"
Azreial 6/23/2008 5:29:15 AM
It truely is a sad day. Rip George Carlin.
lovedeath 6/23/2008 5:36:15 AM
Bummer man. nuff said
Kaeos 6/23/2008 6:13:21 AM
There is certainly more to say. We just covered him in the news segment on our show this Saturday. He was just awarded the Mark Twain Award for American Humor by the Kennedy Center. They are set to do a big tribute performance for him when they give the award next month. He released 22 solo albums and three best-selling books. He starred in over 100 TV and movie roles, spanning 50 years. The guy was an idol of mine. Rest in Peace George. And F*** them all sir.
StarlightGuard 6/23/2008 6:20:01 AM
See you on the flip side George. And tell Jesus to pass the pork chops over here.
eblood 6/23/2008 6:27:41 AM
Seven words you can't say on television. As a twelve year old I found my parents Carlin records. Practiced the seven words until I can say them in the fashion as Carlin. He will be missed. How do you have a "civil war"?
joeybaloney 6/23/2008 6:36:47 AM
Shit this ain’t no way to start the week. Sure takes the piss out of my Monday. Fuck, man, Carlin?!? I cunt concentrate on work knowin’ that funny cocksucker is no longer with us. Motherfucker was a true rebel just like pony says and funny as tits. RIP George.
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