George Carlin dies at 71

George Carlin, who had a history of heart trouble, died last evening of heart failure, his publicist said today. During his decades-long career, he made 23 comedy albums, produced 14 specials for HBO, wrote three books, and appeared on TV shows (he was the first person to host Saturday Night Live) as well as numerous movies.

But even without all of that, Carlin would’ve always had a place in history thanks to his “Seven Words” routine. A subsequent ruling by the Supreme Court allowed the FCC to ban said words from broadcast TV, and they can’t be used to this day. “So my name is a footnote in American legal history, which I’m perversely kind of proud of,” Carlin said earlier this year. He was 71 at the time of his death.

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