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  • Comedian Norm Macdonald died at the age of 61 on Tuesday.
  • Macdonald had privately been battling cancer for nine years.
  • Macdonald is best known for his time on “Saturday Night Live,” “The Norm Show” and “Dirty Work.”

Iconic comedian Norm Macdonald died on Tuesday at the age of 61 following a private nine-year battle with cancer.

Macdonald is best known for his five years on “Saturday Night Live,” where he was a “Weekend Update” anchor and entertained fans with his impressions of Burt Reynolds, David Letterman and Larry King, among others. 

The comedian starred in his own show, “The Norm Show,” from 1999-2001, as well as held his own in comedic hits, such as “Billy Madison” and “Dirty Work.”


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“He was most proud of his comedy,” Macdonald’s longtime production partner, Lori Jo Hoekstra, told 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 certainly never pandered. Norm will be missed terribly.”

He leaves behind one son, Dylan Macdonald.


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Published on Sep 14, 2021