Saturday Night Live Star Norm Macdonald Has Died At 61

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Via Saturday Night Live star Norm Macdonald has passed away at 61. His longtime friend Lori Jo Hoekstra, who was with him at the time of his death this morning, said Macdonald had been quietly battling cancer for nearly a decade but wanted to keep it private.

Macdonald was an SNL cast member from 1993-98, known for being the anchor of the show’s “Weekend Update” segments for three seasons. Norm was the one who changed the "Update" style away from the slapstick approach of Chevy Chase and toward the more barbed political approach of his successor Colin Quinn.

“He was most proud of his comedy,” Hoekstra 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.”

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