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Norm MacDonald, beloved comedian and "SNL" star, dies at 61

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The actor has been treating his cancer privately for the past nine years
Norm MacDonald, the acclaimed comedian, actor and writer, has died after treating cancer privately for nine years, Variety reports. MacDonald, who was 61, was best known for his five-year stint on "Saturday Night Live" during the 1990s, and in particular, his deadpan performance as a "Weekend Update" anchor on the show.

On "SNL," MacDonald quickly gained a fan base for his spot-on impressions, most notably of Burt Reynolds, David Letterman, Larry King, Quentin Tarantino, Bob Dole, and many others.

MacDonald's life is already being celebrated by his comedic contemporaries, and other public figures on Tuesday afternoon.

"I was a huge fan of Norm Macdonald and I essentially ripped off his delivery when I first started acting," Seth Rogen tweeted. "I would stay up specifically to watch him on talk shows. He was the funniest…
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