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Lenny Bruce was an American stand-up comic and satirist who became a target for prosecutors and a poster boy for freedom of speech.
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Also in 1962, the now-controversial comedian was banned from playing Australia and was again arrested for drug possession and on two separate obscenity charges, with figures such as Woody Allen, Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg coming to his aid during the trial (in November 1964,
a guilty verdict came in nonetheless).
The charges and convictions soon hit a fever pitch. Bruce was arrested in Los Angeles for narcotics possession, and was banned from entering England and Scotland, among other incidents. In early 1965, Lenny Bruce declared bankruptcy, and that summer, on August 3, at the age of 40, he was found dead of a morphine overdose in his Hollywood Hills home.
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