Published: Jun 24, 2008
George Carlin Death Leaves Legacy Of Laughter
by Jack Ryan

"Can God make a rock so big.. even He can't lift it?" Veteran comedian George Carlin leaves a legacy of laughter at his passing.

Controversial comedian George Carlin, who once said death "is caused by swallowing small amounts of saliva over a long period of time", has died.

A publicist for George Carlin says the legendary comedian, who served as host of the first "Saturday Night Live" and appeared some 130 times on "The Tonight Show", died of heart failure at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif.

George Carlin, the comedian famous for his "Seven Words You Can Never Use on Television," died Sunday evening of heart failure. He was 71.

Carlin reportedly went to St. John's Health Center on Sunday afternoon, with complaints of chest pain.  Carlin had a history of heart trouble. According to his publicist, Jeff Abraham, the legendary comic died at 5:55 p.m. PDT, leaving his best friend Jack Burns behind.

Thaindian reports: Carlin has left his other half Jack Burns who can’t bear the loss. Burns has remained the closest friend to Carlin until Carlin’s untimely death yesterday.

According to the AP, Jack Burns, who was the other half of a comedy duo with Carlin in the early 1960s, said, "He was a genius and I will miss him dearly."

Below are a few of Carlin's greatest quotes - because George would want us to laugh:

"I am" is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that "I do" is the longest sentence?

"Life... is a series of dogs."

"May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house."

"Never raise your hands to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected."

"One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor."

And here is a video of the great Carlin football/baseball routine. Rest in peace, you funny funny man.

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