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Comedian Norm Macdonald dies at age 61 after privately battling cancer for nine years

BREAKING NEWS: Comedian and Saturday Night Live star Norm Macdonald dies at age 61 after privately battling cancer for nine years

  • Norm MacDonald died on Tuesday after privately battling cancer for the past nine years
  • The comedian was best known for his work on Saturday Night Live 


Comedian Norm MacDonald died on Tuesday after privately battling cancer for the past nine years. 

His death was confirmed to Deadline by his management team at Brillstein Entertainment. 

The 61-year-old’s longtime producing partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra was with him when he passed. He told Deadline that Macdonald had been battling cancer for nearly a decade but remained adamant about keeping his diagnosis from family, friends and fans.  

‘He was most proud of his comedy,’ Hoekstra said. ‘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 certainly never pandered. Norm will be missed terribly.’ 

The famous comedian was best known for his work on Saturday Night Live where he worked as a cast member from 1993- 1998 and starred as the show’s anchor on its Weekend Update segment. 

Macdonald was deemed the best anchor to ever host the segment by Chevy Chase, who held the position before him. Macdonald’s time at the helm of Weekend Update pushed the popular part of the show away from Chase’s slapstick comedy take on the news to a more politically charged approach that is seen today. 

He was noted for his strong commentary on O.J. Simpson despite reported instance from NBC executives to tone it down. 

He also starred in a long list of popular movies and television shows up until 2020. Macdonald often acted alongside fellow former SNL cast members in his films such as Billy Madison starring Adam Sandler, The Animal starring Rob Schneider, Dirty Work with Chevy Chase, and Dr. Dolittle starring Eddie Murphy. 

According to his IMDB page, the Canadian star was slated to voice Grandpaws in the ‘animated re imagining of one of the largest wildfire evacuations in Canadian history’ titled Back Home Again which is currently in post-production. 

He was scheduled to perform at the New York City Comedy Festival November 11- 14. 

Former SNL star Norm Macdonald has died after a nine year cancer battle 

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