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Comedian Norm Macdonald dies at age 61 after privately battling cancer for nine years

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BREAKING NEWS: Comedian and Saturday Night Live star Norm Macdonald dies aged 61 after nine years of private battle with cancer

  • Norm MacDonald died Tuesday after battling cancer privately for the past nine years
  • The comedian is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live










Comedian Norm MacDonald passed away on Tuesday after battling cancer privately for the past nine years.

His death was confirmed to Deadline by his management team at Brillstein Entertainment.

The old production partner and friend of 61-year-old Lori Jo Hoekstra was with him when he passed away. He told Deadline that Macdonald had been battling cancer for nearly a decade, but he remained adamant about keeping his diagnosis a secret from family, friends and fans.

“He was most proud of his comedy,” Hoekstra said. He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the public or any of his loved ones saw him. Norm was a pure comedian. He once wrote that ‘a joke should surprise someone, it should never get out of hand.’ He certainly never doubted. Norm will be terribly missed.’

The famed comedian was best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, where he worked as a cast member from 1993 to 1998 and starred as the show’s anchor in the “Weekend Update” segment.

He also starred in a long list of hit movies and television shows through 2020. Macdonald often starred alongside other former SNL cast members in his films such as Billy Madison starring Adam Sandler, The Animal starring Rob Schneider, Dirty Work starring Chevy Chase and Dr. Dolittle starring Eddie Murphy.

According to his IMDB page, the Canadian star was slated to voice Grandpaws in the “animated re-imagining of one of the largest wildfire evacuations in Canadian history” titled Back Home Again, which is currently in post-production.

He was due to perform at the New York City Comedy Festival from November 11 to 14.

Former SNL star Norm Macdonald has passed away after a nine-year battle with cancer

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