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RIP Norm Macdonald, ‘SNL’ Comedian Extraordinaire

Comedy legend Norm Macdonald sadly passed away Tuesday morning after a nine-year bout with cancer.
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The world just lost the great Norm Macdonald far too soon. The Saturday Night Live alum was one of the show’s most memorable and beloved voices.

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Macdonald’s management firm, Brillstein Entertainment, confirmed the news to Deadline this morning. He was only 61 years old when he passed away earlier today.

Comedic Great Was Secretly Sick

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Norm’s longtime friend and professional partner, Lori Jo Hoekstra, told Deadline that the comedian had been privately suffering from cancer for the last nine years. It was important to him that the status of his health was under wraps, even keeping some friends and family members in the dark.

“He was most proud of his comedy,” Hoekstra said. “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.”

Friends, Colleagues Grieve for Norm

Of course, the internet is already mourning the loss of such a beloved figure. Comedy giants are sharing thoughts about their memories with Norm, his impact on their work, and the pain they feel as they process this tragic news.

Check back soon for updates regarding Norm Macdonald’s passing.