Late comedy great George Carlin will have a private funeral service and fans can make contributions in his memory to a pair of organizations.

Carlin, 71, died about 6 p.m. Sunday at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, where he had been admitted for chest pains. The landmark comedian perhaps best remembered for his routine "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television" had a history of heart problems and had suffered three previous heart attacks.

According to family spokesman Jeff Abraham, contributions can be made in lieu of flowers to:

-- American Heart Association, George Carlin Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 844504, Dallas, Texas, 75284-4504; or

-- The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, which is "devoted solely to the defense of free expression in all its forms." For information, visit www.tjcenter.org.

Carlin, who lost his first wife, Brenda Hosbrook, to cancer in 1997 after 36 years of marriage, is survived by his second wife, Sally Wade, a daughter, Kelly Carlin McCall, and older brother, Patrick Carlin.


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