Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

US comedian George Carlin dies aged 71

The leading US comedian George Carlin has died of heart failure at the age of 71.

The Grammy-winning comic passed away over the weekend after going to hospital in California complaining of chest pains.

Carlin was best-known for his political and black humour, gaining him a reputation as a cantankerous social commentator and scathing critic of human nature.

He once famously said: "I have absolutely no sympathy for human beings whatsoever . . . No matter what kind of problem humans are facing, whether it's natural or man-made, I always hope it gets worse."

Carlin's 'Seven Words You Can Never Say on TV' routine led to him being arrested in 1972 and also resulted in a Supreme Court ruling upholding the US Government's to censor the airwaves.

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