George Carlin, 1937 to 2008

George CarlinComedian George Carlin died of heart failure in a Santa Monica hospital yesterday evening. He’d entered the hospital earlier that day, complaining of chest pains. Carlin had a history of heart problems, and had previously survived a heart attack. He also fought a longtime battle with drug addiction.  Carlin had been notified earlier this year that he was to receive the John F. Kennedy Center’s coveted Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this November. His last appearance in a film was as Ben Affleck’s father in Jersey Girl and he also provided the voice for “Fillmore” in the animated film Cars. The Grammy-award winning comedian leaves behind his wife, Sally, and daughter, Kelly.

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  1. "Bart" • June 23, 2008 @ 12:25 PM

    The world is a little sadder having lost a very funny man.

    Sleep well my friend!

  2. Dan • June 23, 2008 @ 2:21 PM

    One of the best comedians of all time, any my personal favourite.

    RIP George Carlin

  3. tammy • June 23, 2008 @ 2:48 PM

    Why god why? First John Belushi, then Chris Farley, now George Carlin?

  4. sk8tergirl • June 23, 2008 @ 4:27 PM

    Rest In Peace

  5. KING DAVID • June 23, 2008 @ 4:37 PM


  6. Willy • June 23, 2008 @ 4:58 PM

    I absolutely loved the guy. He was one of the greatest. He walked the walk and talked the talk. There will always be only one George Carlin. No one could impersonate him. R.I.P George-I’ll miss you!!

  7. Poppa John's in Exile • June 23, 2008 @ 5:59 PM

    Tammy, you ARE aware that Belushi died over 25 years ago, aren’t you? You make it semm like it all went down this week….

  8. Poppa John's in Exile • June 23, 2008 @ 5:59 PM


  9. tammy • June 24, 2008 @ 9:28 AM

    I am aware thanks Poppa John’s in Exile I was just refering to the comedians that we’ve lost…

  10. beast • June 24, 2008 @ 10:04 AM

    another great comeidian gone, he will be missed by all.
    R.I.P GC

  11. tributegirl • June 24, 2008 @ 1:16 PM

    If we are talking about all the comedians we’ve lost, does anyone remember John Candy?

  12. tammy • June 24, 2008 @ 1:16 PM

    Oh ya he was good too…

  13. roflmao • June 24, 2008 @ 1:47 PM

    RIP george carlin.
    one of the greatest comedians i’ve ever had the pleasure of watching on tv.

  14. Nancy • June 24, 2008 @ 2:26 PM

    And Phil Hartman.

  15. Joe • June 25, 2008 @ 12:10 AM

    I’ve been laughing all my life with George Carlin. Truely, one of the best things to come out of the US in the last 50 years. Thank God for his HBO specials. They are still available online for future generations to enjoy. His lessons in life are timeless and every generation to come will benefit from his wit. He’ll be sorely missed by fans throughout the world. RIP Mr.Carlin.

  16. chuckyharris • June 25, 2008 @ 7:14 AM

    to his family, your loss is our loss. i tried to watc everything he did. i loved the stand up comdey and the movies he was involved in. i hope he is making the big man upstairs laugh as he had done all these years. the world has lost another that cant be replaced.

  17. LP Quagmire • June 25, 2008 @ 4:07 PM

    A great comedian who’ll be sorely missed. He also brought a wonderful pathos to his role in JERSEY GIRL.

  18. Niki • June 26, 2008 @ 12:14 PM

    George Carlin, was WAAAY more than a great comedian. I would call him one of the greatest social commentators of our times. He really GOT IT! His purpose on this earth was to help us WAKE UP. He was a realist, though many think the truth is pessimistic, because they prefer to live in la la land. I can`t even begin to tell you how much I admired him, words are too small for him. I truly believe though he was sad, at the state of the world today, we was a true visionary. He really cared, and tried to make us think, question & Do. I saw him live in 05` in Montreal, and it was a real highlight in my life. Please remember folks, he created the 7 words you can`t say on TV, for a much more important reason, to question censorship, and the unfounded fears people have of “words`.
    He saw the `BIGGER PICTURE`, and was trying to teach us some valueable life lessons through his comedy. He really is more a modern day philosopher, and those of you out there interested in growing as individuals should try to get a hold of some of his HBO specials from the last 10 to 15 years, or any number of the books he`s written, George
    cheers to you , and Enjoy

    You will be truly missed

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