I considered him the grandmaster of his art, along with monoliths of comedy including Bill Cosby and John Cleese, he was on my must-see list.
Fortunately, I got to see him in April when I did an extended weekend in Vegas. I see as recently as this weekend he was doing shows at the Orleans, which is where I stayed and saw him. He didn't mince words and called it like he saw it, the articles are proclaiming him a counterculture hero.
It was his quirky perspective on the world, his sarcastic wit, his willingness to give the establishment, including religion and politics, but sometimes the entire species, a hugely irreverent FUCK YOU, YOU'RE ALL BULLSHIT! Gave us the seven words you can never say on TV, and had a judge uphold his right to free speech. Hell yes, as close to a personal hero that I'm ever likely to see in a comedian.
Rest in peace George, you're the man. You fucking rule. Maybe now you got some answers to the big questions at last, and are getting a good hard laugh at the universe.