Renowned Canadian comedian Norm Macdonald has died at age 61 after a private 9-year battle with cancer.
Norm Macdonald, Comedian and ‘Saturday Night Live’ Star, Dies at 61 https://t.co/AbQqP6H9wB
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Macdonald’s longtime producing partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra was with him when he died, according to Deadline. The comedian had been battling with cancer for almost a decade, but decided to keep his health struggles away from family, friends, and fans.
“He was most proud of his comedy,” Hoekstra explains to Deadline. “He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him. Norm was a pure comic. He once wrote that ‘a joke should catch someone by surprise, it should never pander.’ He never pandered. Norm will be missed terribly.”
Norm Macdonald was famous for his distinct delivery and his role on Saturday Night Live. He was a cast member on SNL from 1993-98, and made a big impact as a “Weekend Update” anchor for three seasons.
After leaving Saturday Night Live in 1998, Macdonald starred in his own comedy series from 1999 to 2001 called The Norm Show. He also had a one-season talk show on Netflix in 2018 called Norm Macdonald has a show.
Macdonald had been scheduled to perform at the New York Comedy Festival in November.
Rest In Peace, Norm Macdonald. You will be missed.