George Carlin has died after years of heart problems. The comedian checked himself into a Los Angeles hospital Sunday afternoon complaining of chest pains. He passed several hours later.
Carlin was a trailblazer in the comedy world. With his lightning sharp whit, he personified the baby boomers who found their voice in the ’60s. By putting a comic slant to the issues of the day, Carlin was the rare breed (mirroring his hero, Lenny Bruce) who broke barriers while making us laugh.
He will be sorely missed. Carlin was still a roadster, performing hundreds of live comedy acts each year. When he checked into the Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica Sunday afternoon around 3 p.m., doctors felt they were treating a normal case of chest pains that would soon pass. By 6 p.m. in California, the comic icon was dead.
Carlin was known for many things, but perhaps his most famous was the “Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television.” His performance of that material pulled him into a constitutional battle over free speech landing Carlin and comedy firmly on the floor of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1978.