The actor and comic died yesterday, an apparent suicide, the cause of death whose reasons are often completely inscrutable. In his case, he apparently suffered from depression and addiction to drugs and alcohol, a deadly combination.
I found his live appearances somewhat exhausting to follow since he spoke and free-associated so rapidly that you always felt you were falling further and further behind as you tried to catch the allusions and impersonations. He was easier to take in scripted shows where he was forced to slow down. I liked him best in his role as the genie in Aladdin but in reading the various articles following his death, I was struck by the lack of consensus about which films the authors liked the most. That is a tribute to his range as an actor.
He was the son of an Episcopalian father and devout Christian Scientist mother but he seems to have not been religious himself, maybe even an atheist. Here he is doing a stand-up routine about religion.