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George Carlin dead at 71

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#1 Hanz


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Posted 23 June 2008 - 05:34 AM


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - 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 problems, died at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica about 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT) after being admitted earlier in the afternoon for chest pains, spokesman Jeff Abraham told Reuters.

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 about seven dirty words you could not say on television. A regulatory battle over a radio broadcast of his "Filthy Words" routine ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

Oh my god...this caught me completely off guard. RIP>

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 06:29 AM

Holy crap... I was expecting him to pass 80 at least...

RIP Mr. Carlin.



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Posted 23 June 2008 - 08:25 AM

This is a sad day. A sad day indeed. He was one of my favorites. :( RIP

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 01:53 PM


I was just listening to a recording of him yesterday...


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Posted 24 June 2008 - 10:38 AM

He was a great comedian and he was just unmatched in his ability to speak the truth and be funny. As someone in my newspaper said "He turned his anger and outrage at our failures into laughter, so we could maybe learn a lesson a little more gently."

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 03:22 AM

Oh man, heard about this... humbling, to say the least. May he rest in peace.

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