Norm Macdonald, a Comedian, and former Saturday Night Live cast member has passed away at the age of 61 years old.
According to Macdonald’s close friend and producing partner, Lori Jo Hoekstra, he had been battling cancer for almost a decade.
Hoekstra said, “He was most proud of his comedy. 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.”
BREAKING: Norm MacDonald has died "after a long and private battle with cancer"
The influential comedian and former 'SNL' Weekend Update anchor was 61 https://t.co/wSbwGQ8Syp
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) September 14, 2021
Macdonald was best known for anchoring the “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night Live and his impressions of several celebrities including David Letterman, Quentin Tarantino, and Burt Reynolds. He was a cast member on SNL from 1993-1998.
Battling cancer for 9 years without telling anyone is the most Norm Macdonald shit ever.
— Anthony Jeselnik (@anthonyjeselnik) September 14, 2021
I am absolutely devastated about Norm Macdonald. Norm had the most unique comedic voice I have ever encountered and he was so relentlessly and uncompromisingly funny. I will never laugh that hard again. I'm so sad for all of us today.
— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) September 14, 2021
RIP Norm Macdonald. pic.twitter.com/6aMAAynJ00
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) September 14, 2021
The Comedy Store sends it’s deepest condolences to the family and friends of Norm MacDonald. Norm’s irreverence and comedic timing will forever be unmatched from his long battle with NBC execs to his never-ending moth joke. pic.twitter.com/WNXZtncoOA
— The Comedy Store (@TheComedyStore) September 14, 2021
My dear friend Norm MacDonald passed after a brave 10 year battle. He was one of our most precious gems. An honest and courageous comedy genius. I love him.
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) September 14, 2021
Norm MacDonald is a legend.
When he was host of Weekend Update, NBC Exec Don Ohlmeyer warned Norm to stop doing OJ jokes because he was a friend of his. Norm didn't stop, and it eventually led to his firing.
Rest in peace, and thank you for making us laugh. pic.twitter.com/OoCl7mRHkP
— SPENCE, TODD (@Todd_Spence) September 14, 2021
norm macdonald impersonating burt reynolds is top tier pic.twitter.com/dMfBLuxyyD
— 2 kat 2 furious™️ (@whackkat) September 14, 2021
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Very saddened and shocked to hear of this
Lovely funny funny funny man
— Diedrich Bader (@bader_diedrich) September 14, 2021