Norm Macdonald, 'SNL' star, dead at 61

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The deadpan standup comic and beloved Weekend Update anchor died after a private nine-year battle with cancer. He was 61.
Norm Macdonald, the deadpan standup comic and beloved "Saturday Night Live" star from 1993 to 1998, has died after a private nine-year battle with cancer. He was 61.

The one-time Weekend Update anchor's passing was confirmed to Deadline by his management team at Brillstein Entertainment.

The Quebec City native's friend Lori Jo Hoekstra, who was with Macdonald when died, said the performer had been fighting caner for nearly a decade but was determined to keep his struggle away from family, friends and fans.

"He was most proud of his comedy," Hoekstra, who was also his longtime producing partner, 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."

When he published his "memoir" in 2015, he revealed what percentage of it was true in his signature deadpan style: "Oh, zero," he told The Post. "I wanted to write a novel, but they wouldn't let me. But there are facts in the book that are true, [like] 'a river is made of water.' "

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