Norm Macdonald Dies: Influential Comedian & Former ‘SNL’ Weekend Update Anchor Was 61

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Norm Macdonald Death – Obituary – Norm Macdonald, 61, died on Wednesday 15th of September, 2021, after a 9-year private battle with cancer.

The influential Comedian and Former SNL weekend update anchor’s death was announced to the deadline by his management firm Brillstein Entertainment.

The 61-year-old comedian’s old-time producer and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra, who was within when he died, made it known that Macdonald had been battling cancer for nearly a decade but was determined to keep his health struggles private, away from family, friends, and fans.

Hoekstra said, “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.”

 

Short Bio

Norm was born on October 17, 1959, in Quebec City. He started his comedy business in the comedy clubs of Canada. From 1986-91 he landed his first regular TV writing gig on The Dennis Miller Show, fronted by the man who anchored “Weekend Update”, After being a contestant on Star Search in 1990.

From 1993-98, Norm made his greatest impact as the anchor of the show’s “Weekend Update” segments for three seasons, while he was an SNL cast member.

He left SNL in 1998, Macdonald starred in his own comedy series, Norm, from 1999-2001, playing a goofball former pro hockey player who is caught cheating on his taxes and sentenced to serve as a New York City social worker.

He obtained a CableACE Award nomination as part of the writing team for the 1992 variety special Free to Laugh: A Comedy and Music Special for Amnesty International.