Fans are mourning the loss of Saturday Night Live veteran Norm Macdonald. MacDonald, an SNL fixture from 1993 to 1998, died Tuesday following a private nine-year battle with cancer, his management firm Brillstein Entertainment confirmed to Deadline, adding in a statement that MacDonald "never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him." He was 61.
Born in Quebec City in 1959, MacDonald's show business career began at comedy clubs in Canada before he participated as a contestant on Star Search in 1990. In 1992, he earned a spot as a writer on Roseanne, according to Variety. Just a year later, he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. Beginning in 1994, he began his memorable stint as Weekend Update's sole anchor, a role he held until early 1998, when he was replaced by Colin Quinn. The role was his most notable, with MacDonald remembered for his impressions of Burt Reynolds, David Letterman, Larry King, Quentin Tarantino and more. After leaving SNL, MacDonald headlined ABC's The Norm Show with Bruce Helford from 1999 until 2001.
In confirming his passing, Brillstein Entertainment said MacDonald "was most proud of his comedy" and remembered him as "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." As news of his passing broke, many fans of the SNL alum took to social media to pay tribute. Keep scrolling to see some of the...
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