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Norm Macdonald passes away at 61

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LAST COMIC STANDING -- Episode 901 -- Pictured: Norm Macdonald, Judge -- (Photo by: Ben Cohen/NBC)

The world of comedy will never find another person like Norm Macdonald. The news has just come out that this legendary comic has passed away. Norm is recognized as one of the most accomplished comedians of all time. He brought something different to the table while his stint at Saturday Night Live with his offbeat deadpan humour.

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This legend passed away at the age of 61 after a 9 year private battle with cancer. His death has been confirmed by Brillstein Entertainment who represented Norm. One of his longtime friend and producer Lori Jo Hoekstra talked about his death. He revealed that Norm had been battling cancer for almost a decade. Norm had chosen to keep his health a private matter from not only his fans but also friends and family.

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In an interview to Deadline he said: “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.”.

Norm Macdonald: The gold standard in comedy

Mr. Macdonald was born in the year 1959 in Quebec City, Quebec. He started out as a standup comic where he got a lot of success. But, most of the people know him from Saturday Night Live where he hosted the amazing “Weekend Update”. This made him into a comedy icon. This show was such a success that many comics name him and his show as an inspiration for them.

A post from Seth Rogen reads: “Oh f**k. I was a huge fan of Norm Macdonald and I essentially ripped off his delivery when I first started acting. I would stay up specifically to watch him on talk shows. He was the funniest guest of all time. We lost a comedy giant today. One of the the all time greats. RIP.”.