[George Carlin photo courtesy of HBO.]

The legendary and influential comedian
George Carlin died on Sunday, June 22nd, of heart failure, in Santa Monica, CA.

Carlin recorded 23 comedy albums, 2 of which--
FM & AM (1972) and Jammin' in New York (1993)--were Grammy Award-winners. He starred in 14 HBO specials, wrote three books, and appeared in several TV shows and movies, including Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Dogma, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Carlin was also the first-ever host of Saturday Night Live and was ranked #2 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.

He was 71.