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    Comedian George Carlin dies in Los Angeles at 71

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    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.
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    Carlin, who had a history of heart and drug-dependency problems, died at Saint 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 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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    Re: Comedian George Carlin dies in Los Angeles at 71

    Originally posted by Rescuedpanther View Post
    Comedian George Carlin dies in Los Angeles at 71
    I just can't believe it. I know these things happen in waves, but holy cow! Is it just me or are celebrities dropping like flies?

    Rest in peace, George.

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    • #3
      Re: Comedian George Carlin dies in Los Angeles at 71

      Noooo! I am very sorry to hear this ......RIP George.

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      • #4
        Re: Comedian George Carlin dies in Los Angeles at 71

        An truly funny man is gone
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        • #5
          Re: Comedian George Carlin dies in Los Angeles at 71

          How sad! He'll be missed!!
          "What fresh hell is this?" Dorothy Parker

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          • #6
            Re: Comedian George Carlin dies in Los Angeles at 71

            One of my favorites......always fresh, intelligent humor.

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            • #7
              Re: Comedian George Carlin dies in Los Angeles at 71

              I just watched the Today Show and they did a bit on him. I mean just a bit. I just think he deserved a little longer memorial from them
              Visit my blog at: http://midlifemotherhood45.blogspot.com/

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              • #8
                Re: Comedian George Carlin dies in Los Angeles at 71

                Originally posted by Cindy View Post
                I just watched the Today Show and they did a bit on him. I mean just a bit. I just think he deserved a little longer memorial from them

                Really! seems the bs gets more of a tribute than a legendary man

                I have been cracking up this morning watching him back to back on utube

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                • #9
                  Re: Comedian George Carlin dies in Los Angeles at 71

                  I really enjoyed watching him way back on the old Tonight show with Johnny Carson. He never failed to crack up Johnny.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Comedian George Carlin dies in Los Angeles at 71

                    My brother has EVERY one of his albums. I remember playing pool in our game room and listening to him when I was a teenager. I am waiting on my brother to get to work to call and see if he has heard.
                    Visit my blog at: http://midlifemotherhood45.blogspot.com/

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                    • #11
                      Re: Comedian George Carlin dies in Los Angeles at 71

                      I always loved George, may he RIP!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Comedian George Carlin dies in Los Angeles at 71

                        I loved his bit about when you go on vacation "you take just a smaller version of "YOUR STUFF"..."

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                        • #13
                          Re: Comedian George Carlin dies in Los Angeles at 71

                          He had a way with words. So funny.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Comedian George Carlin dies in Los Angeles at 71

                            Originally posted by Sabine View Post
                            He had a way with words. So funny.
                            yep! he was brutally honest.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Comedian George Carlin dies in Los Angeles at 71

                              I saw him a few years back at the MGM. I like the man, a very insightful comic.

                              RIP!

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