Comedian Norm Macdonald Has Died at 61 After Battle With Cancer

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The comedian and 'SNL' alum died Tuesday morning after a private battle with cancer, a rep said. "Norm will be missed terribly," the rep added.
Comedian Norm Macdonald has died at the age of 61, Deadline reports.

Tuesday, the Saturday Night Live alum's management firm Brillstein Entertainment confirmed the passing, saying that Macdonald had been "battling cancer for nearly a decade" but had elected to keep his health matters private.

"He was most proud of his comedy," Lori Jo Hoekstra, a producer and friend of the comedian's, said in a statement. "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."

While Macdonald's stand-up career is credited as having kicked off in…
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