Norm Macdonald, comedian, iconic ‘SNL’ cast member, dies at 61

NEW YORK — (*61*) Macdonald, the iconic “Saturday Night Live” cast member and comic identified for his unorthodox, usually crude humor, has died, his administration crew Brillstein Entertainment confirmed Tuesday.

He was 61.

Macdonald was recognized with most cancers and battled the illness privately for 9 years, in response to Deadline.

Starting out as a comic in his native Canada, Macdonald moved to the United States within the early Nineteen Nineties and have become a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” Macdonald was at his peak anchoring “Weekend Update,” or “the fake news,” a time period Macdonald created almost 20 years earlier than another man did. He had a behavior of stunning viewers along with his jokes, particularly in regard to Michael Jackson’s non-public life and the O.J. Simpson trial.

He was infamously fired from “SNL” in late 1997 by NBC boss Don Olhymer for apparently “not being funny.” The undeniable fact that Olhymer was an in depth pal of Simpson needed to have been a coincidence.

After his “SNL” exit, Macdonald did some films, had a number of sitcoms, and largely settled into being a full-time rise up comic.

In 2018, Macdonald’s feedback in regards to the #MeToo motion and fellow comedians Louis C.Ok. and Roseanne Barr led to the “The Tonight Show” canceling his look and spurred apologies from the comic that would deliver their very own issues.

Macdonald’s producing associate and pal Lori Jo Hoekstra mentioned she was with him when he 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. 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,” Hoekstra mentioned in a press release.

He was scheduled to hitch the New York Comedy Festival lineup this November.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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