“Saturday Night Live” Star Norm Macdonald Dies at 61

Norm MacDonald in 2017.
Norm MacDonald in 2017. Photo by Stewart Cook/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (9221354bt)

Norm Macdonald, who made a name for himself as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, passed away at the age of 61. Many of his Hollywood peers mourned his death and paid tribute to the iconic comedian after learning he lost a nine-year private battle with cancer.

Saturday Night Live bosses released an official statement mourning the loss of Macdonald and described him as one of the most impactful comedic voices of his or any other generation.

“There are so many things that we’ll miss about Norm—from his unflinching integrity to his generosity to his consistent ability to surprise. But most of all he was just plain funny. No one was funny like Norm,” SNL said in a statement.

Many famous comedians also sent condolences to his family and celebrated his legacy on social media, including David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Steve Martin, Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler, and Seth MacFarlane.

Macdonald’s rise to prominence started during the early 90s when he joined Saturday Night Live and became a household name while anchoring the famous segment Weekend Update. He went on to lead The Norm Show and also appeared in many other movies and TV shows, including The Middle, Girlboss, and The Orville.