Venkman Here with some sad news. Comedian George Carlin Passed away Sunday Night from heart failure. He was 71 years old. Variety says:
Carlin went into a Santa Monica hospital Sunday afternoon complaining of chest pain and died later that evening, said his publicist, Jeff Abraham.
Carlin, who had a history of heart trouble, performed as recently as last weekend at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. It was announced Tuesday that Carlin was being awarded the 11th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Carlin is most famous for his "Seven Words You Can Never Say on TV" routine which is very funny. He was actually arrested in 1972 for disturbing the peace in Milwaukee after he had said all seven words. This...
...resulted in a Supreme Court ruling in 1978 upholding the government's authority to sanction stations for broadcasting offensive language.
"So my name is a footnote in American legal history, which I'm perversely kind of proud of," he told The Associated Press earlier this year.
Carlin did 23 comedy albums, 14 HBO specials, three books, a few TV shows, and several movies that include 'Bill and Teds Excelent Adventure' and 'Dogma'. Carlin also hosted the first broadcast of 'Saturday Night Live'.
Our condolences go out to his family and friends.