BREAKING NEWS: Comedian and Saturday Night Live star Norm Macdonald dies at age 61 after privately battling cancer for nine years
- Norm MacDonald died on Tuesday after privately battling cancer for the past nine years
- The comedian was best known for his work on Saturday Night Live
Comedian Norm MacDonald died on Tuesday after privately battling cancer for the past nine years.
His death was confirmed to Deadline by his management team at Brillstein Entertainment.
The 61-year-old’s longtime producing partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra was with him when he passed. He told Deadline that Macdonald had been battling cancer for nearly a decade but remained adamant about keeping his diagnosis 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.’
Former SNL star Norm Macdonald has died after a nine year cancer battle
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