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Comedian George Carlin Dead at 71

Comedian George Carlin Dead at 71

Comedian George Carlin has died from heart failure, reports ET.

His longtime publicist said Carlin, 71, was admitted into the hospital this afternoon after complaining of heart problems. He passed away at 5:55 p.m. Sunday at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif.

Last year, Carlin celebrated his 50th year in show business and was just tapped last week by the Kennedy Center to receive this year’s Mark Twain Prize, a lifetime achievement award presented to an outstanding comedian.


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  • Bob

    RIP George…

  • gnmc

    That’s a shame, he was wonderful. RIP George.

  • t

    My dad loved him he’s bummed. :(

  • Grace

    Peace be with you, George.

  • RIP

    RIP George.
    Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.
    He was a maverick in comedy and will be missed.

  • marianna

    RIP Mr Carlin.

  • just me

    Another legend gone. He was a amazing and will be truly missed. R.I.P. George and thanks for many,many years of brilliant insight into life.

  • pretty_green_girl


  • Tom

    One of the great ones. He will be missed.

  • dean

    Thank you George for SO MANY MANY LAUGHS! You were the best!

  • catluver42

    One of my favorites. Comedy will not be the same.

  • rica

    R.I.P George C. He was an amazing comedian and in his way…activist. He will be missed. Sympathies to his family.

  • robrt

    Where do atheist go when they die? A parking garage in phoenix for this one. RIP

  • pumpkinskins

    oh man what a bummer! well i guess ol george finally knows if there is an invisible man living in the sky….R.I.P

  • Lain

    Man, I grew up listening to George Carlin. Sure, he was crass. Sure, he was offensive to some. But that’s part of what made him such a great comedian. He is greatly missed, and my condolences go out to his family and all who knew him. May his work continue to inspire more comedic greatness.

  • Susan

    I lost my Dad May 25th 2008 to heart failure. It was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever experienced. My deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  • trish

    Oh my gosh. May he R.I.P.

  • Doc

    Just recieved word from a friend who informed me of George’s passing of heart failure this afternoon.

    Been a big fan of his comedy routines for decades. Very funny man, yet very private. After watching his last special on HBO, it was apparent time was catching up with this talented man. He appeard a bit out of it in the special and some of the skits did not appear to like regular stuff.

    George, you are suffering no longer. May you rest in peace and our condolences to his family and friends.

    “… Does this mean we remove you from our address book in, oh, say 6 months…” [A little twist from his special about deciest close ones.]

    Enjoy Your Permanent Sleep, George Carlin…

  • jade

    He was the best. Loved him in “Jersey Girl”. Rest In Peace,George.

  • don moore

    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and dearest friends. I will always miss the fact that George was one of the first to tell it like it is an not back down. This trait, while cusing some issues made him respected for who he was and not simply being a comedian.

  • FCloiacono

    I feel like crying

  • jb

    What a great guy who was funny as hell. Best comedian ever. Like pumpkinskin said, George will finally find out what the hell is up there. Hopefully there is and you’ll be doing shows up there. RIP

  • Paul
  • nina

    RIP George.

  • Too bad

    Soemone posted prayers? He didn’t believe in God, but I’m sure he was praying on his death bed at St. John’s.

  • Ej

    He put his foot in the door for honest humor, and then kicked the door down for the rest of them. It was an honor to be able to watch his last HBO special LIVE. May he rest in peace knowing what he accomplished in this world, for humor and the rest of us.


    I saw George perform his “You are All Diseased” routine live in 1999. One of the best and funniest shows I’d ever seen. We’ll miss you, Geoge.

  • JJ

    That’s sad…my husband was a longtime fan of his, and never got to see him. In fact, we were talking about doing that this year now that I’ve moved to the States. He was even wearing a George Carlin t-shirt and had the laptop outside today. It was strange because he said that “the screen was so bright all I can see is George Carlin’s face staring at me”, and that was around 5-6pm.

  • Kevin

    As he said… He won’t be looking down on us.

    He’s dead dead dead and he’s never coming back!

    If he knew he was gonna live this long he woulda taken better care of himself.

  • Erin

    :( You’ll be missed, Carlin.

  • Aniche

    You were the greatest comedian and the cleverest user of the English Language. You will always live through your works fighting against the stupidity of the world.
    R.I.P Sir George Carlin!

  • joe

    damn that sucks. and we didn’t even get to hear him on The Stern show uncensored. F**K comedy central for selling george out may you give god an ass whipping.

  • mickey

    RIP Georgie. You were a good one.

  • shaun

    i cant believe hes gone…the smartest comedian there was out there…it wasn’t just a stand up routine was a preaching! RIP Mr Carlin.

  • buckeyegurl

    This really sucks. I loved George and thought he was one of the funniest people who ever lived. Now God will be laughing more often.

  • Shar

    RIP George, u were one of a kind!!!

  • jt

    Shit .

    PISS! FUCK!!!
    Cunt. motherfucker.



    You were amazing and brilliant George — the world just got a little less funny and smart.

  • ashley

    RIP Mr. Carlin

    I loved watching you on Shining Time Station as the conductor.

    one of my favorite childhood shows as a kid. :(

  • Joe

    Mr. Carlin was able to have my father, and myself, laugh at the same time in the late 60′s, early ’70′s. It was a difficult time for us and the country. He was this country’s bullshit meter.

    His honesty will be missed.

  • joneblaze

    This is definitely shocking to hear .I just watched his last HBO special the other day.
    R.I.P George Thanks for the laughs

  • my77raisins

    I’m a dinosaur like George and I was hooked on him from the start. May he raise hell with the management of whoever runs this fucked up world. Give ‘em hell, George!

  • my77raisins

    I’m a dinosaur like George and was hooked the first time I heard him. I’m sure wherever he ended up he’s giving them the royal finger. LOL Give ‘em hell George!

  • bahumatneo

    You will be missed George. You were one hell of a guy.

  • sandra

    He didn’t believe in God..that can’t be good. I feel sorry for him.

  • Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan

    R.I.P. Rufus!

  • Bill S. Preston, esquire

    Rufus! Dude! You will be missed!

  • Sam

    His scene in SM3 was my favorite, rest in peace.

  • nanea

    This is sad news! He will be missed.

  • maria

    very funny man hate to see him go RIP George :(

    Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends…