Norm Macdonald, comedian and ‘Saturday Night Live’ star, dies at 61 from cancer

Norm Macdonald, a popular Hollywood actor and comedian, has died.

MacDonald best known for his role in the comedy series ‘The Saturday Night Live’ died on Tuesday, September 14 after a nearly decade-long battle with cancer.

Macdonald, one of Saturday Night Live’s most beloved alumni was aged 61.

His death was announced to Deadline by his management firm, with the comedian’s longtime friend and producing partner, Lori Jo Hoekstra, explaining he wanted to keep his health struggles private. He was scheduled to perform in the New York Comedy Festival lineup in November. .

According to reports, Lori was with MacDonald when he died.

Hoekstra says that though Macdonald had been battling cancer for nearly a decade, he was determined to keep his health struggles private, and away from his 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.”

Canadian-born Macdonald began his career as a writer on Roseanne, a job he held from 1992 to 1993. He went on to appear on SNL from 1993 to 1998. He anchored the show’s “Weekend Update” segment for three seasons.

After his SNL stint, Macdonald started his own sitcom, The Norm Show, for three years. Throughout his career, Macdonald appeared in films including Billy Madison, Funny People, Grown Ups, and TV series including Sunnyside, Girlboss and The Middle.

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