Comedian Norm Macdonald Dies At 61

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Legendary comedian, histrion and writer Norm Macdonald has passed distant astatine the property of 61.

FILE — Norm MacDonald performs connected signifier astatine the Saban Community Clinic’s 50th Anniversary Dinner Gala astatine The Beverly Hilton Hotel connected Nov. 13, 2017 successful Beverly Hills. (Getty Images)

Macdonald died aft a agelong conflict with cancer, CBSLA confirmed with his manager Marc Gurvitz.

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His person and producing partners, Lori Jo Hoekstra, released a connection saying Macdonald had been privately battling crab for 9 years, but kept his diagnosis private, adjacent from his family.

“He was astir arrogant of his comedy,” Hoekstra said successful the statement. “He ne'er wanted the diagnosis to impact the mode the assemblage oregon immoderate of his loved ones saw him. Norm was a axenic comic. He erstwhile wrote that ‘a gag should drawback idiosyncratic by surprise, it should ne'er pander.’ He surely ne'er pandered. Norm volition beryllium missed terribly.”

The Canadian native, known for his deadpan delivery, was a stand-up comic and writer connected the sitcom “Roseanne” erstwhile helium was discovered by “SNL” shaper Lorne Michaels. Macdonald was connected the amusement from 1993 to 1998, hosting the assortment show’s famed “Weekend Update” quality segment.

After being ousted from the amusement by an NBC executive, Macdonald has his ain drama series, “Norm.” He besides co-wrote and starred successful the 1998 movie “Dirty Work,” playing a down-his-luck antheral who starts a revenge-for-hire business.

He had galore movie and tv credits, including “Billy Madison,” “Doctor Dolittle,” “The Middle,” “Family Guy” and “The Orville.”

Tributes poured successful from crossed the drama satellite upon quality of his death.

“No 1 could marque you interruption similar Norm Macdonald. Hilarious and unique. F– cancer,” Jon Stewart tweeted

We loved Norm MacDonald. One of a kind.

— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) September 14, 2021

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This photograph was taken aft I was a impermanent connected Norm's show. At meal the laughs conscionable continued nonstop. He volition beryllium missed. RIP Norm Macdonald

— Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) September 14, 2021

In specified a divisive clip adjacent among comedians, we tin each hold Norm MacDonald was the best. Rest In Peace.💔

— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) September 14, 2021

Never hide this Norm Macdonald quality connected Conan successful 1997 — with Courtney Thorne-Smith.

Hilarious. All of it.

Rest In Peace, Norm…

— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) September 14, 2021

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