Norm MacDonald Has Died At the Age of 61.

Comedian, Actor, Writer and Producer Norm Macdonald has died.

Macdonald passed away Tuesday at the age of 61 following a long battle with cancer.

His longtime producing partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra confirmed following his passing to Deadline saying that the comedian wanted to keep his nine-year battle with cancer private. “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.”

Macdonald was on Saturday Night Live 1993 to 1998, and served as sole anchor of Weekend Update for three seasons.  Following SNL, he starred in ABC’s The Norm Show, guest starred on The Middle and appeared in Billy Madison, Grown Ups, Jack and Jill and The Ridiculous 6.