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George Carlin, dead at 71
anonymousposterchild at 11:40PM, June 22, 2008
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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.

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 (2 a.m. British time) 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.

Well… this is pretty fucking terrible, have to say.
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Frostflowers at 12:50AM, June 23, 2008
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… Well, fuck. I'm going to miss him. :(
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lefarce at 2:43AM, June 23, 2008
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This pretty much ruined my entire night.

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skoolmunkee at 3:08AM, June 23, 2008
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I think it's safe to say he led a pretty rich life though :)
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Fenn at 3:22AM, June 23, 2008
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This is quite depressing news. His fierce intellect will be missed.

But I can't help thinking of this quote from Carlin:

“Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck.”
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lastcall at 3:29AM, June 23, 2008
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Again, all the cool people are dying this year. Dammit. :cry2:
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Lonnehart at 3:57AM, June 23, 2008
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Well… at least his jokes live on.

(sorry… don't know what else to say)
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HippieVan at 6:09AM, June 23, 2008
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That's so, so sad. You have to love people like that; they just make life much more colourful. There certainly aren't enough of them.
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marine at 6:19AM, June 23, 2008
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This pretty much ruined my entire night.

This pretty much ruined my entire life.

I wanted to just see him perform live. I had the chance a few years ago, but he canceled due to health reasons.

I feel sad.

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albone at 7:11AM, June 23, 2008
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Rest in peace. Very funny and thought provoking guy. And I have to mention that I loved his roles in the Kevin Smith movies.
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ozoneocean at 7:29AM, June 23, 2008
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Jeeze, that's a lot of good people dying this year… 2008 must be jinxed. :(
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SpANG at 8:21AM, June 23, 2008
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This is so damn sad.

He was a legend. A genius. So many comedians were pale imitations. He made a huge impact, made millions of people laugh, and will be remembered forever. That's all any of us could ask.

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imshard at 9:11PM, June 23, 2008
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Sniff…. Jesus has brought the porkchops at last I guess.
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Aurora Moon at 9:06AM, June 25, 2008
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Well, shit. there goes a great guy… =(
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beautifully_demonic at 9:55AM, June 25, 2008
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well damn …. hmm a toast to him then .. may he rest in peace

George Carlin really was a great guy

just … damn
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Daxy at 10:35AM, June 25, 2008
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Was watching Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back yesterday with my mum. She told me after his scene. It made me feel all empty inside =\
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Product Placement at 1:55PM, June 25, 2008
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Farwell Carlin.

May you piss off, offend, belittle and shock whoever you're around today.

Someone already made a tribute to him using material where he talks about death.

Personaly I would have uncluded a line from this one:
Thanks to our fear of death in this country, I won't have to die…. I'll pass away…

Those were my two cents.
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D0m at 6:45AM, June 27, 2008
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Hey, all. If you're interested, I painted a picture of Carlin as an homage to him and put it on Youtube. Enjoy.

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Puff_Of_Smoke at 6:16PM, June 27, 2008
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Blast my age… I have no idea what I missed…
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CoyoteLongshot at 8:21PM, June 27, 2008
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I don't know if any one single man has been able to offend as many people as George. Even though I was never much into standup in the first place, he was always my favorite comedian, because I always found I agreed with everything he said. He was extremely intelligent, too, unlike a lot of these kind of brainlessly gag-funny comedians you see these days. I'll miss him dearly.

Though I gotta say I hope, for his sake, there isn't a hell.

P.S. D0m, That is amazing.
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