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Norm Macdonald Dies Aged 61




Comedian Norm Macdonald has passed away at the age of 61, following a 9-year battle with cancer.

News of Macdonald’s death was announced by his management firm, Brillstein Entertainment.

Macdonald was renowned for his work on Saturday Night Live and his writing for sitcoms such as Roseanne between 1992-1993.

He began his comedy career performing stand-up gigs in clubs across Ottawa in the 1980s, before becoming a contestant on Star Search in 1990.


Lori Jo HoekstraMacdonald‘s friend and producing partner – was with the comedian when he died. “He was most proud of his comedy,” he told Deadline.

“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.”

Tributes to Macdonald have poured in from fans and celebrities across the world, including Conan O’Brien, Seth Rogen and Jim Carrey.


“I will never laugh that hard again. I’m so sad for all of us today.”

“He was the funniest guest of all time. We lost a comedy giant today. One of the all time greats. RIP.”

Macdonald leaves behind a son, Dylan, shared with former partner Connie Vaillancourt.

Rest in Peace, Norm.


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