Fuck. George Carlin died. 71 years. Not a bad age. The same age at which Yves Saint Laurent just died. They both got a lot done in their own way, right?
A few choice quotes from one of the great comics in modern times:
He's just been named the first posthumous awardee of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
If it's true that our species is alone in the universe, then I'd have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.
Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist.
When you're born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you're born in America, you get a front row seat.
- all from the inimitable George Carlin
NYT topic page on Carlin