George Carlin: 1937 - 2008
One of the true great comedians George Carlin has died of heart failure at a Los Angeles-area hospital Sunday, a spokesman said. He was 71. A true voice for everything thats wrong with the world has been slienced but will not be forgotten.
Known for his edgy, provocative material developed over 50 years, the bald, bearded 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.
The Grammy-winning Carlin remained an active presence on the comedy circuit. Carlin was scheduled to receive the John F. Kennedy Center's prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in November.