Comedian George Carlin Dies

 

Sad news as one of the funniest -- and raunchiest -- comedians has died.

George Carlin passed away from heart failure Sunday, his rep said. The funny man, who has had a history of heart problems and smoked like a chimney, had been complaining of chest pains.

George was not just a comedian -- he was an actor (Remember him in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure?), an author, and an award-winner. He produced 23 comedy albums, 14 HBO specials, three books, a couple of TV shows and appeared in several movies, winning four Grammys for best spoken comedy album, and was nominated for five Emmy awards. He was also the very first host of Saturday Night Live in 1975.

George was slated to take home the 2008 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in November.

"In his length career as a comedian, writer, and actor, George Carlin has not only made us laugh, but he makes us think," Stephen Schwarzman, Kennedy Center chairman, said in a statement. "His influence on the next generation of comics has been far-reaching."

Take a look back at George's life:


From what I've seen of George there's no doubt he went down fighting -- RIP.

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