SATURDAY Night Live vet Norm Macdonald has passed away at 61 after a private battle with cancer.
The comedian’s management firm confirmed his death to Deadline, and revealed the SNL star was fighting cancer for almost a decade.
Norm’s longtime producing partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra revealed: “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.”
The TV star landed on the mainstream radar thanks to SNL, as he made his debut in the iconic sketch comedy show in 1993, leaving in 1998.
During his tenure he was most remembered for his role as the Weekend Update anchor for three seasons, most notably his dry, quick wit.
Norm would leave the program in 1998.
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