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Norm Macdonald, best known for his time on “Saturday Night Live,” has died, Granthshala News can confirm. He was 61 years old.

According to Deadline, the comedian had been battling cancer privately for nine years.

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McDonald’s longtime productive partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra was reportedly by his side when he passed away.

“He was most proud of his comedy,” said Hoekstra time limit. “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 take someone by surprise, it never strays’ needed.’ He certainly never strays. Norm will be greatly missed.”

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Macdonald debuted as a writer on “Roseanne” in 1992 and then became a “SNL” cast member from 1993 to 1999. He famously ran the show’s Weekend Update sketch for three seasons and was replaced by Colin Quinn.

After leaving “SNL,” Macdonald had his own comedy show, “The Norm Show,” from 1999–2001 on ABC and later had his own talk show on Netflix for one season in 2018.

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Granthshala News’ Julius Young contributed to this report