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Norm Macdonald dies at 61 after years-long private cancer battle

The veteran comic had been privately battling cancer for almost a decade.

WASHINGTON — Comedian Norm Macdonald, who was a beloved cast member on “Saturday Night Live” and starred in numerous motion pictures, has died at the age of 61, in accordance with a number of media stories. 

Macdonald’s administration agency told DEADLINE that Macdonald had been privately battling cancer for 9 years and died Tuesday morning. 

His longtime producing associate, Lori Jo Hoekstra, instructed the outlet that Macdonald needed to maintain his well being points private as a result of “He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him. Norm was a pure comic.”

Variety, TMZ and different retailers later confirmed Macdonald’s loss of life.

As information of Macdonald’s loss of life unfold, tributes poured in over social media from fellow comedians and followers. 

Comedian Steve Martin said: “We loved Norm MacDonald. One of a kind.”

Comedian Jon Stewart declared that “No one could make you break like Norm Macdonald. Hilarious and unique.” 

Comedian Patton Oswalt said: “Good bye, Norm. You were never not 100% hilarious.” 

Actor Josh Gad referred to as him “one of the most underrated and hilarious SNL performers.” 

“Norm MacDonald was always deceptively smart, always independent, completely original. A great loss,” “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” host Peter Sagal tweeted.

Macdonald received his begin as a author on “Roseanne,” according to Variety. was an “SNL” cast member from 1993 to 1998 and anchored the present’s Weekend Update phase for 3 seasons. After leaving “SNL,” he starred in his personal TV sequence, “The Norm Show,” which aired on ABC for 3 seasons.

He had been scheduled to be part of this year’s New York Comedy Festival in November.