‘Saturday Night Live’ Vet Norm Macdonald Dies at 61

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, from left: Norm MacDonald, George Clooney, 'Weekend Update', (Season 20, ep. 2014, aired Feb. 25, 1995), 1975-. photo: Alan Singer / ©NBC/courtesy Everett Collection

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Saturday Night Live veteran Norm Macdonald has died. The comedian and performer was 61 years old.

Macdonald, who was best known for sitting behind SNL‘s Weekend Update desk, succumbed following a private nine-year battle with cancer. Macdonald’s management firm Brillstein Entertainment shared the news with Deadline.

The comedian’s longtime producing partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra was by Macdonald’s side when he died. Despite battling cancer for nearly a decade, his health struggles were kept hidden from family, friends, and fans.

Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Norm Macdonald

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A statement released by Hoekstra reads, “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.”

Macdonald began his SNL run in 1993 and appeared as a series regular through 1998. He last stopped by Studio 8H for an appearance on the late-night sketch show in 2009. The multi-hyphenate also headlined his own half-hour comedy series Norm, which aired for three seasons from 1999 to 2001 on ABC.

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Macdonald’s other TV credits include The Drew Carey Show, My Name Is EarlSunnyside, GirlbossThe Middle, Skylanders Academy, The Orville, and Mike Tyson Mysteries. He frequently collaborated with SNL costars like Adam Sandler among others, starring in films like Billy Madison, Doctor Dolittle, The AnimalDirty Work, and Grown Ups.

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This article originally ran on tvinsider.com.

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