George Carlin, comedian, June 22Stand-up comedian and satirist George Carlin, whose staunch defense of free speech in his most famous routine "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television" led to a key Supreme Court ruling on obscenity, died on June 22. He was 71. Carlin won four Grammy Awards, each for best spoken comedy album, and was nominated for five Emmy awards. Carlin was to receive the 11th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, which will be presented Nov. 10 in Washington and broadcast on PBS.
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