Breaking: Comedian Norm Macdonald Dead at Age 61

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Comedian Norm Macdonald, known best for his role as Saturday Night Live’s (SNL) “Weekend Update” host from 1993-1998, has died of cancer. He was 61 years old. The deadpan Canadian comic’s demise was confirmed to Deadline by his management firm Brillstein Entertainment. Macdonald, known for edgy jokes and never pulling punches, had been fighting cancer privately for nine years. New York City comedy club audiences in the ’90s were frequently treated to Macdonald stopping by unannounced to do “guest spots,” where he would rehearse jokes for the upcoming “Weekend Update” on SNL. Macdonald’s friend, Lori Jo Hoekstra, was with him when he died. “He was most proud of his comedy,” Hoekstra, who was his friend as well as producing partner, stated. “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.” Macdonald moved from Canada to Los Angeles, where he landed a gig writing for the Roseanne Barr Show.

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