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 Posted: Mon Jun 23rd, 2008 06:15 am
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080623/us_nm/carlin_dc

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 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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Heh I get the feeling Carlin will be controversial to the end. I can just hear the right wing talk show host ranting against him due to that quote they put in about him not believing in his country, cause you know loving an abstract concept is the most important thing ever.



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Wow, sorry to see him go. He was one of the greatest comedians ever.

R.I.P.

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One of my favorite Carlin bits was from his "suit & tie" period,
Al Sleet, the hippy dippy weatherman.
"Today's temperature is high........... & so am I"

RIP

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An absolute legend.  By far, my favorite comedian of all time, followed closely by Hicks.

So in tribute -





























AND, for the t-shirt and bumper sticker lovers all over the globe, best know that Massah Carlin coined:

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor

RIP you old shit....

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Damnit.



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I loved George Carlin.  Got in shit and suspended from school as a kid reciting his '7 words you can't say on television' skit back when he first did it!  Yeah I know - I'm old.

RIP George!

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Saw him in Vegas in '94. Great stuff. RIP



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As the father of a 5 year old, I can also tell you that Carlin narrated Thomas the Tank Engine shows.

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Quattro wrote: As the father of a 5 year old, I can also tell you that Carlin narrated Thomas the Tank Engine shows.

My youngest son is in love with Thomas as well. It was kinda funny hearing Carlin's voice in such an odd place. I kept waiting for Carlin to rip into Percy. On a side note, Ringo Starr narrated some of the older Thomas shows.



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"Larry King Live" did a tribute to Carlin with Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Maher, Lewis Black, Rosanne Barr, Hugh Hefner, his daughter, and his brother as the guests.  Good show.



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Greatest ever!  I fuckin' mean it this time!



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SNL will pay trbute tonight to Carlin by airing the first show he hosted
in 1975. For the first time since the 80's, I'll be watching.

http://www.etonline.com/news/2008/06/62912/index.html


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lobo316 wrote: SNL will pay trbute tonight to Carlin by airing the first show he hosted
in 1975. For the forst time since the 80's, I'll be watching.

http://www.etonline.com/news/2008/06/62912/index.html



That's pretty cool.  I might tape my first episode of SNL in more than 10 years.



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I miss him.  He was a major part of my childhood (and I'm not alone in that feeling).  More and more, I'm starting to tell kids about "things that used to be.". 



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