Comedy legend George Carlin die on Sunday (June22) of heart attack. Mr. Carlin checked himself into St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA complaining of chest pains, he died later that evening.
Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Carlin is remember for his ‘Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television’ routine in 1972 in which he was arrested for disturbing the peace. When the routine later aired on New York radio station WBAI-FM it led to a US Supreme Court ruling over government censorship and free speech.
“So my name is a footnote in American legal history, which I’m perversely kind of proud of,” he told the Associated Press news agency. “In the context of that era, it was daring.”
“It just sounds like a very self-serving kind of word. I don’t want to go around describing myself as a ‘ground breaker’ or a ‘difference-maker’ because I’m not and I wasn’t,” he added.
“But I contributed to people who were saying things that weren’t supposed to be said.”
Other’s will remember Mr. Carlin’s role as Rufus in the 1989 stoner-time traveler hit Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. In his lifetime Mr. Carlin produced 23 comedy album, 14 HBO specials and authored a number of books including: “When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?”, “Brain Droppings”, “Napalm & Silly Putty” and “Three Times Carlin: An Orgy of George”.
Mr. Carlin was 71 years old.