Comedian Norm Macdonald Dead At 61

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The Canadian comic has died after a nearly decade-long private battle with cancer.
Stand-up comedian Norm Macdonald has died at 61 after what had been, until this news, a private and ongoing nine-year battle with an undisclosed variety of cancer. The Canadian comic's death was first announced by Deadline, which received a statement from a statement from Macdonald's longtime producing partner and friend, Lori Jo Hoekstra.

"He was most proud of his comedy," Hoekstra, who was with Macdonald when he died, 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…
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