TORONTO – Tributes, wishes and funny anecdotes have poured in for the late Canadian comic Norm MacDonald, who died of cancer on Tuesday at the age of 61.
Macdonald, a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor with his signature deadpan delivery, was a staple in the comedy TV world, appearing on The Drew Carey Show and newsradio.
He was also a former Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” anchor, a much-loved position that cemented his influence on the comedy scene.
The news of his death spread quickly on Twitter, with the comedy legend Steve Martin tweeted “We loved Norm McDonald. One of a kind.”
Also famous Canadian comedian Jim Carrey tribute to macdonald “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,” he wrote on Twitter.
American humorist and author Patton Oswalt wrote his tribute, saying “Goodbye, Norm. You were never 100% hilarious.”
Canadian actor Jay Baruchel called Macdonald an “honest hero” and a “limitless source of inspiration” since he was a teenager. on Twitter. “He was also the rarest creature ever: a truly original artist. The world’s loss is the Canadian paradise’s gain. We’ll never see his kind again,” read the rest of the tweet.
Welsh actor and comedian Rob Brydon called macdonald A “Fantastic Comedian” and “Unique” on his Twitter account. Conan O’Brien, The Iron Sheik, Jennifer Starger and Seth MacFarlane have also paid tribute to McDonald online.
Canadian politicians have also been fiercely targeted on social media.
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole mourned by tweet To McDonald’s family and friends, “Canada is known for producing some of the greatest comedians of all time, and Norm McDonald is certainly a reason why … he will be remembered.”
Ontario Premier Doug Ford wrote on twitter That he was “deeply saddened” about McDonald’s death, and that “his work brought joy to millions of people around the world.”