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Carlin Remembered for Helping Others with Addiction | George Carlin

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Carlin Remembered: He Helped Other Comics with Drug Problems

Originally posted 06/24/2008 08:20AM

Despite his gruff stage persona, offstage the late George Carlin was a gentleman who showed kindness to strangers and offered a hand to others hoping to beat addiction problems, Tom Arnold and other comics tell PEOPLE – while Jerry Seinfeld and Joan Rivers are expressing their appreciation of their unsentimental friend.

"Several times he'd call young comics who were messed up on drugs, and just introduce himself as 'George, a recovering addict, and why don't you go to a meeting with me or we can get together and talk,' " says Arnold, 49, who's also battled with drugs and alcohol. "And it blew them away. Nobody said no."

Arnold and those other comics who worked alongside Carlin over the decades made their remarks Monday night at Hollywood's the Laugh Factory, during a taping of Supreme Court of Comedy. Carlin, 71, died of heart failure Sunday.

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Ben Stiller, Jay Leno Pay Tribute to George Carlin | George Carlin

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Ben Stiller, Jay Leno Pay Tribute to George Carlin

Originally posted 06/23/2008 03:35PM

George Carlin – who once wryly wondered, "Why do they lock gas station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will clean them?" – is being mourned by fellow comedians such as Ben Stiller and Jay Leno, not only for being a groundbreaker in entertainment but an individual of great honor.

"George Carlin was a hugely influential force in stand-up comedy," Stiller, 42, said in a statement. "He had an amazing mind, and his humor was brave, and always challenging us to look at ourselves and question our belief systems, while being incredibly entertaining. He was one of the greats and he will be missed."

Carlin, 71, died Sunday of heart failure.

Staff members of Saturday Night Live and David Letterman's Late Show are said to devastated by the loss, a former associate of both programs tells PEOPLE.

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Legendary Comedian George Carlin Dies at 71 | George Carlin

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Legendary Comedian George Carlin Dies at 71

Originally posted 06/23/2008 06:15AM

George Carlin, the edgy comedian and counterculture icon, died Sunday at the age of 71.

The stand-up comic and author – best known for his groundbreaking routine "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" – reportedly died of heart failure at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica. (Carlin, who was open about his long struggle with drugs and alcohol, had a history of heart problems, including a previous heart attack.)

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George Carlin, Jamie Lee Curtis Blame Humans for Fires

Originally posted 10/24/2007 01:15PM



Comedian George Carlin and actress Jamie Lee Curtis this week both suggested that the devastating wildfires raging in Southern California should not come as a surprise to a population that ravages the environment.

Offering his provocative opinion on The View Wednesday morning, Carlin paraphrased an old comedy rant of his, and characterized the fires as cosmic payback from a planet stretched to its breaking point.

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George Carlin in Rehab for Alcohol, Drugs | George Carlin

George Carlin in Rehab for Alcohol, Drugs

Originally posted 12/28/2004 08:00AM

Outspoken stand-up comedian George Carlin had a serious message to deliver Monday – he's entering a rehab facility to deal with an alcohol-and-drug habit.

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