Former ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast member Norm Macdonald dead at 61

Norm Macdonald

Norm Macdonald seen at KAABOO 2017 at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

Comedian and former “Saturday Night Live Weekend Update” anchor Norm Macdonald is dead at 61 after a private nine-year battle with cancer, according to a report from Deadline.

Macdonald’s death was announced to Deadline by his management firm Brillstein Entertainment. The comedian’s longtime producing partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra, who was with him when he died, said Macdonald had been battling cancer for nearly a decade but was determined to keep his health struggles private, away from family, friends and fans.

Performing as an SNL cast member from 1993-98, Macdonald was best known as the anchor of the show’s “Weekend Update” segments for three seasons.

After being fired from the show for refusing to back away from joking about controversial subjects like the O.J. Simpson Trial and the Clinton White House scandals, Macdonald retained a reputation as a comedian’s comedian. Working steadily in standup comedy, Macdonald also performed in film and television, including a variety of voice acting roles on shows such as “Family Guy” and “Mike Tyson Mysteries”.



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