Born on October 13, 1925 in Mineola, New York, Lenny Bruce was a Jewish-American stand-up comedian, social critic and satirist. He was renowned for his open, free-style and critical form of comedy which integrated satire, politics, religion, sex, and vulgarity.
His 1964 conviction in an obscenity trial was followed by a posthumous pardon, the first in the history of New York State, by then-Governor George Pataki in 2003.
He paved the way for future outspoken counterculture-era comedians, and his trial for obscenity is seen as a landmark for freedom of speech.
On August 3, 1966, Lenny Bruce was found dead in the bathroom of his Hollywood Hills home the official cause of death was “acute morphine poisoning caused by an overdose.”