Rest in Peace, Norm Macdonald: Comedian, Actor, ‘SNL’ Alum Dies at 61 After Private Cancer Battle

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Norm Macdonald, the popular comedian whose stint on Saturday Night Live in the 1990s (and specifically his hosted Weekend Update segments) has died at the age of 61 after a private battle with cancer, Deadline reported on Tuesday.

Macdonald, whose SNL tenure ran from 1993 to 1998, made him one of the variety show’s most popular cast members, his dry delivery and sharp, observational-based jokes especially palatable among audiences.

More on his passing, via Deadline:

The comedian’s longtime producing partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra, who was with him when died, said Macdonald had been battling cancer for nearly a decade but was determined to keep his health struggles private, away from 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.”

Among his fan-favorite SNL moments was as Burt Reynolds in a send-up of Celebrity Jeopardy, alongside Sean Connery (portrayed by Darrell Hammond) and French Stewart (portrayed by Jimmy Fallon) and host Alex Trebek (Will Ferrell):

Much has also been made over the years of Macdonald’s appearances on late-night talk shows, where his irreverence and knack for comedic timing was at its best.

In addition to his 1990s-era SNL star turn, Macdonald was beloved for his standup routines and known for guest appearances on other comedy programs, such as The Drew Carey Show, as well as his own starring role in 1998’s Dirty Work.

News of his passing hit social media hard, especially in the comedy scene, as Macdonald was an inspiration to many.




May Norm Macdonald rest in peace.

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