‘Saturday Night Live’ Star Norm Macdonald Dies at 61 After Battling Cancer

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Actor, comedian and writer Norm MacDonald, known for his many roles in TV and film, has died at the age of 61 after a battle with cancer. McDonald had reportedly been battling the disease for nearly 10 years, but had opted to keep his condition private.

Norm Macdonald at a Celebrity Charity Poker Event | Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images

Norm McDonald battled cancer privately for nearly a decade

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McDonald’s management firm Brillstein Entertainment confirmed his death in a statement on Tuesday, September 14. time limit. His friend and colleague Lori Jo Hoekstra also told the outlet that she was with him when he died. Hoekstra also shared that Macdonald was diagnosed with cancer nine years ago, but decided to keep the news to himself.

“He was most proud of his comedy,” Hoekstra told the outlet. “He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him. Norm was pure humour. He once wrote that ‘a joke should catch one by surprise, it never strays’ needed.’ He certainly never strayed. Norm will be greatly missed.”


Macdonald was best known for his tenure saturday night live, on which he appeared from 1993 to 1998, according to Deadline. He later starred in a short-lived comedy series called Ideal and had several talk shows including Netflix’s Norm Macdonald has a show. His film credits include Eddie Murphy. Dr. Dolittle and Adam Sandler’s funny 6.

At the time of his death, Macdonald was reportedly booked for the New York Comedy Festival to be held in November, according to Deadline.

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Tribute to Norm Macdonald is going online

Many fans and followers of McDonald took to social media to react after the news of his death. Many remembered his work and celebrated his contribution to the entertainment world.

“What a f****** jerk. Funniest comedian ever, hands down,” read one Twitter Comment, while another said, “Very sad news..RIP Norm Macdonald..he was comedian and actor. Loved him in Billy Madison.. Deuce Bigalow: Was a total scene stealer in Male Gigolo.

“Damn it. Just damn it,” wrote a third fan. “This guy pretty much invented a new style of comedy and comedy. If Bob Newhart and Joan Rivers had one loving child, it was Norm.

“Yeah, it really stunned me,” commented another. “I wish I could cry. What a legend.”

After the news of his death, his friends and associates also spoke

There were also several stars who addressed the news, reacting with shock and pain.

Jim Carrey tweeted, “My dear friend Norm MacDonald passes away after 10 years of fighting bravery. He was one of our most precious gems. An honest and courageous comedy genius. I love him.”

Steve Martin shares similar sentiments, writing, “We loved Norm MacDonald. One of a kind.”

“I’ll spend tonight watching and listening to Norm MacDonald,” Tweeted TV personality Rick Mercer. “One of the funniest people I’ve ever passed. A true original. Teardown.”

“Yes. The only person to cheer us on the death of Norm Macdonald is Norm Macdonald,” said author Ash Short.

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It is clear that people have great love for McDonald’s and will have a special place in their hearts for him too. We at Showbiz Cheat Sheet send our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

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