George Carlin

 

 

Age: 71

 

Summary: stand-up comedian who became a counterculture hero famed for his routines about drugs and dirty words but was known for his provocative material and won status as an anti-Establishment icon in the 1970's with stand-up bits full of drug references and a routine called "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television", whose regulatory battle over a radio broadcast of the routine ultimately reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that the words cited in his routines were indecent and that the government's broadcast regulator could ban them from being aired at times when children might be listening, but who had a history of heart and drug-dependency problems.

 

 

Cause of Death: Heart failure

 

Born: May 12, 1937

 

Died: June 22, 2008

 

Location: Santa Monica, California