Norm Macdonald breathed his last on Tuesday, September 14. Norm rose to popularity because of his deadpan style of comedy. He was 61. One of the most loved cast members of Saturday Night Live, he had been battling cancer privately for almost a decade.
Macdonald’s long-time producing partner and friend, Lori Jo Hoekstra, confirmed the news of his demise. He said that the late comedian kept his health struggles private for nearly a decade.
The statement read, “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. He once wrote that ‘a joke should catch someone by surprise, it should never pander.’ He certainly never pandered. Norm will be missed terribly.”
Celebrities pay tribute
Adam Sandler took to Twitter and mourned the loss of Norm Macdonald. He tweeted, “Every one of us loved Norm. Some of the hardest laughs of my life with this man. A most fearless funny original guy we knew. An incredible dad. A great friend. A legend. Love u pal.”
Conan O’Brian wrote an emotional note on Twitter. He wrote, “I am absolutely devastated about Norm Macdonald. Norm had the most unique comedic voice I have ever encountered and he was so relentlessly and uncompromisingly funny. I will never laugh that hard again. I’m so sad for all of us today.”
Jim Carrey also paid his tribute to Norm. “My dear friend Norm MacDonald passed after a brave 10-year battle. He was one of our most precious gems. An honest and courageous comedy genius. I love him,” he wrote.
About Norm Macdonald’s Career
Norm Macdonald started his career in comedy clubs where he would do stand-ups. He was also seen in Star Search in 1990 and later went on to write for The Dennis Miller Show, followed by the sitcom Roseanne. He is popularly known for Saturday Night Live, after which he launched his own comedy series, The Norm Show.
In his prolific career, Norm starred in films such as The People vs. Larry Flynt and in shows like The Middle. He also had his own Netflix talk show, titled Norm Macdonald Has a Show.