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Norm Macdonald, Comedian and ‘Saturday Night Live’ Star, Dies From Cancer


Norm Macdonald, known for his work on “Saturday Night Live,” has died from cancer that was kept private for nine years.

Norm Macdonald

Norm Macdonald. Photo by Michael S. Schwartz/WireImage/Getty Images.

Comedian Norm Macdonald died at age 61, after nine years with cancer that he kept private from the public.

Macdonald was known for his work on “Saturday Night Live,” as a comedian, actor and writer for five years, from 1993 to 1998. He is especially remembered for his time as an anchor on the “Weekend Update” segment, which he hosted for three seasons.

Before “Saturday Night Live,” he wrote for the sitcom “Roseanne.” After, he starred in the film “Dirty Work” and his own sitcom, “The Norm Show.” He was often known for his impressions of Burt Reynolds, David Letterman, Larry King and Quentin Tarantino.

Tributes from the entertainment community who worked with Macdonald have begun to pour out on social media.

“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,” wrote comedian and actor Jim Carrey via Twitter.

“No one could make you break like Norm Macdonald. Hilarious and unique. F--- cancer,” tweeted comedian and former “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart.

“We loved Norm Macdonald. One of a kind,” wrote comedian and actor Steve Martin, also via Twitter.

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