Norm MacDonald Passes Away at 61

Norm MacDonald Passes Away at 61

( – There are certain actors, actresses, and comedians who become household names in a heartbeat. For many, Norm MacDonald was one such individual. Sadly, after a nearly 10-year battle with cancer, his manager confirmed that MacDonald passed away on Tuesday, September 14. He was 61 years old.

Numerous Hollywood stars shared loving memories and tributes to the late comedian, who got his start as a writer on the “Dennis Miller Show” and later on “Rosanne.” McDonald quickly followed up appearing on “Saturday Night Live,” where he led the regular Weekend Update sketch.

Viewers lovingly remembered MacDonald for his dry humor and impressions of David Letterman, Quentin Tarantino, and Burt Reynolds, among others. After leaving the Saturday Night Live cast, MacDonald went on to star on “The Norm Show” and in several movies including “Billy Madison” and “Dr. Doolittle.”

Actor and comedian Ben Stiller shared his fondness for the late comedian on Twitter:

The president of DPN Talent, Jeff Danis, released a statement calling Norm MacDonald a “true original” who “defined an American humor that was smart and real.” With good comedy hard to come by these days, MacDonald will certainly be missed.

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