According to Deadline, the comedian had been privately battling cancer for nine years.
Macdonald’s longtime producing partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra was reportedly at his side when he passed.
“He was most proud of his comedy,” Hoekstra told Deadline. “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.”
Norm Macdonald during the ‘Weekend Update’ skit on April 12, 1997. (Mary Ellen Matthews/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)
Macdonald started as a writer on “Roseanne” in 1992 and then became an “SNL” cast member in 1993 until 1999. He famously anchored the show’s Weekend Update sketch for three seasons and was replaced by Colin Quinn.
After leaving “SNL,” Macdonald had his own comedy show, “The Norm Show,” from 1999-2001 on ABC and later had his own talk show on Netflix for one season in 2018.
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Fox News’ Julius Young contributed to this report