Counterculture great George Carlin passes away

Steve Watson / | June 23, 2008

Grammy-winning American stand-up comedian, actor, author and anti-establishment icon George Carlin has passed away in LA aged 71.

Carlin died of heart failure after being admitted to St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica on Sunday afternoon. The Comedian had a long history of heart trouble. His last performance was last weekend at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas.

Always outspoken and never a man to hide his opinions, Carlin most recently hit the headlines after speaking of his doubts about the official 9/11 story during an appearance at Borders bookstore in New York City last October, just a few blocks away from ground zero.

Asked what he thought of the 9/11 truth movement and how Bill Maher’s show was interrupted by truthers at the time, Carlin responded, "I always question the received reality."

"The consensus reality is often intentionally misleading," he added.

Asked if he would support a new investigation into 9/11, Carlin was skeptical, stating, "They don’t investigate themselves in this country – it would be a whitewash, it would be like the Kennedy thing, it would be like everything."

"The people who are in charge do what they want and they will always do what they want, power does what it wants to and I wouldn’t trust an investigation," Carlin concluded.

Watch the video.


Carlin created a storm in the seventies when his routine "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television" initiated a regulatory battle which eventually went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

After Carlin said all seven words at a show in Milwaukee in 1972, he was arrested on charges of disturbing the peace, freed on $150 bail and exonerated when a Wisconsin judge dismissed the case, saying it was indecent but citing free speech and the lack of any disturbance.

Carlin was described by Comedy Central as the second greatest stand-up comedian of all time behind Richard Prior and is famous for his scathing black humor directed at American culture and the political climate.

During a recent appearance on Keith Olbermann’s MSNBC show, Carlin said that America was "finished" because "no one questions things anymore" and that the population had been bought off by distractions, toys and gizmos.


Carlin will be sorely missed purely because he was one of a very rare breed, an entertainer who spoke a truth uninhibited by any desire for success, fame or need of corporate backing.

Watch a stand-up routine where Carlin slams the education system and talks about the true power system that controls America.



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