Popular Canadian stand-up comedian and actor, Norm Macdonald, is dead.
MacDonald best known for his role in the comedy series ‘The Saturday Night Live’ died on Tuesday after a nearly decade-long battle with cancer.
He died aged 61.
His death was announced to Deadline by his management firm, with the comedian’s longtime friend and producing partner, Lori Jo Hoekstra, explaining he wanted to keep his health struggles private.
He was scheduled to perform in the New York Comedy Festival lineup in November.
According to reports, Hoekstra was with MacDonald when he died.
Hoekstra says that though Macdonald had been battling cancer for nearly a decade, he was determined to keep his health struggles private, and away from his family, friends and fans.
“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,” Hoekstra said.
Macdonald began his career as a writer on Roseanne, a job he held from 1992 to 1993. He went on to appear on SNL from 1993 to 1998.
He anchored the show’s “Weekend Update” segment for three seasons.
After his SNL stint, Macdonald started his own sitcom, The Norm Show, for three years. Throughout his career, Macdonald appeared in films including Billy Madison, Funny People, Grown Ups, and TV series including Sunnyside, Girlboss and The Middle.