Norm Macdonald, the sardonic comedian from Quebec who rose to stardom on Saturday Night Live, has died after a prolonged battle with cancer.
He was 61.Macdonald’s management team confirmed his death in a statement to Deadline and Variety on Tuesday. They said he’d been quietly dealing with a cancer diagnosis for nine years.“He was most proud of his comedy.
He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him. Norm was a pure comic,” Lori Jo Hoekstra, Macdonald’s longtime producing partner, said in a statement.“He once wrote that ‘a joke should catch someone by surprise, it should never pander.’ He certainly never pandered.