SATURDAY Night Live vet Norm Macdonald has passed away at 61 after a private battle with cancer.
Stars have been quick to pay tribute to the comedian, including Jim Carrey who wrote “He was one of our most precious gems. An honest and courageous comedy genius. I love him.” on Twitter.
The comedian’s management firm confirmed his death to Deadline, and revealed the SNL star was fighting cancer for almost a decade.
Norm’s longtime producing partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra revealed: “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.”
One of Macdonald’s most beloved characters was his recurring appearance on SNL’s Celebrity Jeopardy! skit, where he played Burt Reynolds.
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