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Former ‘SNL’ star Norm Macdonald has died

Norm Macdonald, who hosted weekend update on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ has died

Norm Macdonald, who gained fame on “Saturday Night Live,” has passed away.
Norm Macdonald, who gained fame on “Saturday Night Live,” starred in “The Norm Show” for three seasons. He has died at age 61.
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Norm Macdonald — the legendary actor who hosted Weekend Update on “Saturday Night Live” — has died. He was 61.

  • Macdonald died after a nine-year battle with cancer.

Friend Lori Jo Hoekstra said Macdonald had been battling cancer for almost 10 years, according to Deadline. However, he kept the health situation private, talking only with his family, friends and fans.

  • “He was most proud of his comedy,” Hoekstra said, per Deadline. “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 got his start as a writer for the comedy show “Roseanne” back in 1992, according to Variety. He then joined “Saturday Night Live” in 1992 and then became the weekend anchor one year later. He was the anchor for the segment until 1998.

  • Macdonald made appearances in many films, including “Billy Madison,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and Eddie Murphy’s “Dr. Dolittle,” in which he voiced a dog named Lucky, according to Variety.