Former 'SNL' star Norm Macdonald dead at 61 after 9-year cancer battle

Comedian Norm Macdonald on stage at the "Comedy Central Roast Of Bob Saget" on the Warner Brothers Lot on August 3, 2008 in Burbank, California.
Comedian Norm Macdonald on stage at the "Comedy Central Roast Of Bob Saget" on the Warner Brothers Lot on August 3, 2008 in Burbank, California. Photo credit Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Comedy Central
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Norm Macdonald, who famously hosted Weekend Update on “Saturday Night Live" in the mid-1990s, has died, his managers at Brillstein Entertainment announced Tuesday. He was 61.

Macdonald had been battling cancer for 9 years, his producing partner Lori Jo Hoekstra told Deadline.

“He was most proud of his comedy,” Macdonald's producing partner Lori Jo 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.”

Hoekstra was with Macdonald, who was born in Quebec City, Canada, when he died, she said.

Macondald began his career performing at comedy clubs in Canada. He eventually ended up as a contestant on "Star Search" and as a writer on "Roseanne," before joining "SNL" in 1993.

After leaving "SNL" in 1998, Macdonald broke out on his own, starring in "The Norm Show" from 1999 to 2001. Several years later, in 2018, he had a talk show called "Norm Macdonald Has a Show," which lasted one season.