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.
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.
“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.”
My dear friend Norm MacDonald passed after a brave 10 year battle. He was one of our most precious gems. An honest and courageous comedy genius. I love him.
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) September 14, 2021
“I will never laugh that hard again. I’m so sad for all of us today.”
I am absolutely devastated about Norm Macdonald. Norm had the most unique comedic voice I have ever encountered and he was so relentlessly and uncompromisingly funny. I will never laugh that hard again. I’m so sad for all of us today.
— Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien) September 14, 2021
“He was the funniest guest of all time. We lost a comedy giant today. One of the all time greats. RIP.”
Oh fuck. I was a huge fan of Norm Macdonald and I essentially ripped off his delivery when I first started acting. I would stay up specifically to watch him on talk shows. He was the funniest guest of all time. We lost a comedy giant today. One of the the all time greats. RIP.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) September 14, 2021
Macdonald leaves behind a son, Dylan, shared with former partner Connie Vaillancourt.
Rest in Peace, Norm.
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