, stand-up comedian, actor and author, died Sunday night of heart failure. He was 71.
Known for his irreverent attitude, particularly his satiric and caustic observations on religion and language, Carlin was a popular counterculture figure.
He first came to national attention during the 1960s on "Laugh In," where he created such persona as the hippie-dippie weatherman. Carlin never lost his hippie sensibilities as he retained his beard and ponytail.
Carlin, who had a history of heart trouble, went into St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica on Sunday afternoon complaining of chest pain and died later that evening, said his publicist, Jeff Abraham. He had performed as recently as last weekend at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas.
Carlin was inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame in 1994.
In 2004, Carlin was voted the No. 2 "Greatest Stand-up Comedian of All Time" by Comedy Central
, behind Richard Pryor