Legendary comedian George Carlin passed away on Sunday afternoon after checking into St. John's Health Center and complaining of chest pains. The comedian was 71 years old.
Carlin was one of the funniest and most innovative comedians of his time. His acts included a cynical view of the world and life in general. One of his most popular routines was "The Seven Words You Can Never Say on TV."
Carlin had a history of heart trouble, but it did not stop him from continuing to do what he loved. He had a passion for making people laugh using every day ordinary experiences as his guide on stage.
He worked almost all the way up until the time of his death on Sunday. Last weekend he performed at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. Just Tuesday Carlin received word that he would be awarded the 11th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Carlin is still one of the top comedians ever to do stand up on HBO. He has done more HBO comedic specials than anyone in the history of the network. He was never one to shy away from controversial topics, and was an inspiration to some of the top comics of today.
Carlin passed away at 5:55 P.M. on Sunday in Santa Monica, California.