'SNL' Alum Norm Macdonald Dead At 61

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The comedian and former host of "Weekend Update" on the NBC sketch show had reportedly been battling cancer for nearly 10 years.
Comedian and "Saturday Night Live" alum Norm Macdonald has been reported dead at 61 after a private nine-year battle with cancer.

Deadline confirmed on Tuesday via Macdonald's management firm Brillstein Entertainment that he had died.

"He was most proud of his comedy. He never wanted the diagnosis to affect the way the audience or any of his loved ones saw him," Macdonald's longtime producing partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra told the publication. "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."

Macdonald's representatives did not immediately respond to HuffPost's request for comment.

Born in Canada in 1959, the stand-up comedian, writer and actor rose to prominence as a cast member on "Saturday Night Live" in 1993. He was best known for his impressions of Quentin Tarantino, David Letterman, Larry King, Bob Dole and Burt Reynolds, among many others. He was also notably the anchor for the recurring segment "Weekend Update."

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