Heartbreaking loss. Norm Macdonald died at the age of 61 after privately battling most cancers for 9 years.
The comic’s administration agency Brillstein Leisure confirmed his demise to Us Weekly in September 2021, noting Macdonald selected to maintain his well being points non-public over time.
“He was most proud of his comedy,” the late star’s longtime producing accomplice Lori Jo Hoekstra mentioned in an announcement on the time. “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 Saturday Night Live alum’s passing shocked Hollywood, with many actors sharing sweet sentiments about Macdonald through social media.
“Oh f–k,” Seth Rogen tweeted after studying the information. “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 [sic] all time greats. RIP.”
“My dear friend Norm MacDonald passed after a brave 10-year battle. He was one of our most precious gems,” the Ace Ventura Pet Detective actor wrote. “An honest and courageous comedy genius. I love him.”
Former SNL castmate and fellow funnyman Rob Schneider mourned the loss by sharing a photograph with Macdonald, Adam Sandler, David Spade and Tim Meadows goofing off collectively again within the day. The actors all labored collectively on 2010’s Grown Ups.
“Norm, I didn’t just like you. I loved you. You didn’t just make me laugh. You made me cry with laughter. I’m still crying today,” the Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo star wrote via Instagram. “But when I think of you, my tears will run down my face with all the memories of all the laughter and all the joys that you brought to all of us. Rest now my good friend. Love you forever, Robbie.”
Macdonald made a reputation for himself as a cast member on Saturday Night Live within the ‘90s. He went on to have a profitable profession on TV as an actor, author and producer, most just lately working as a marketing consultant on Roseanne, internet hosting Norm Macdonald Has a Present and voicing Grandpaws on the upcoming Again Residence Once more movie earlier than he handed away.
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