George Carlin, the Grammy-Award winning standup comedian and actor who was hailed for his irreverent social commentary, poignant observations of the absurdities of everyday life and language, and groundbreaking routines like “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television,” died in Santa Monica, Calif., on Sunday, according to his publicist, Jeff Abraham. He was 71.
The cause of death was heart failure. Mr. Carlin, who had a history of heart problems, went into the hospital on Sunday afternoon after complaining of heart trouble.
Coming to late prominence in the late 60s he established himself as comic with a knack for black humor and observations on politics, language, and religion.
His groundbreaking “Seven Dirty Words” routine in 1978 broke new ground in comedy and defined acceptable free speech limits on broadcast media in the United States.