Norm MacDonald died of cancer on September 14, 2021 in Los Angeles.

Norm MacDonald died of cancer

Norman Jean MacDonald (17 October 1959 -14 September 2021) was a Canadian stand-up comedian, writer and actor best known for his Deadpan style.

Early in his career, he wrote for Sitcom Rosa. McDonald was then a cast member for Saturday Night Live (SNL) for five years, including anchoring the Weekend Update segment for three seasons, during which time he also appeared on shows such as The Drew Carey Show and News Radio. After leaving SNL, he starred in Dirty Work in 1998 and his own sitcom, The Norm Show, from 1999 to 2001.

In 2013, McDonald’s launched a video podcast, Norm McDonald’s Live, on which he interviewed comedians and other celebrities. In 2018, he released Norm McDonald’s a show, a Netflix talk show with the same part of his podcast. Throughout his career, McDonald appeared in numerous films and was a guest on talk shows such as Conan, Late Night with David Letterman and The Howard Stern Show. He also worked as a voice actor, especially in the animated show Mike Tyson Mysteries.

Norm McDonald, the Deadpan, caustic comedian who made a name for himself as the host of “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night Live, died Tuesday after starring in his own sitcom and appearing in films such as Dirty Work and Funny People. He was 61 years old.

Norm McDonald died after a nine-year private battle with cancer, his representative confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter.

While McDonald’s last film was released in 2013’s Superbad, he’s better known for his role as head writer and announcer at “Weekend Update.” He hosted the show from 1989 until 1995. He was also the lead on the series Friends from 1996 to 1999.

Despite working for SNL, he’s remained somewhat of a cultural maverick. He never married and lived with his parents in New York City.

McDonald’s early career was in music. He formed the group ‘Til Tuesday, which enjoyed some MTV success. He later started his own record label, Flemming Records, and launched a musical career, releasing several solo albums and playing around the U.S.

He was working as a standup comic in New York when he auditioned for Saturday Night Live. He made his debut on the show in 1989, then hosted the following year, a role he held until 1995. During that period, he was also a member of Second City.

His early standup material tackled topics of homosexuality, drug addiction and religion. It wasn’t until 2005 that he started writing more family-friendly material, including his own sitcom, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” which aired on NBC from 2005 to 2011.

He then appeared in Judd Apatow’s 2009 film, Funny People, and appeared on David Letterman’s “Late Show” in 2011.

“I can’t imagine there are too many people that know and love Norm as much as I do,” Apatow said in a statement. “He will be so deeply missed. It was an honor to work with a true original.”

“Everybody Loves Raymond” creator and executive producer Phil Rosenthal paid tribute to McDonald on social media, writing, “It was the beginning of my career and now it’s the end. Norm was a friend. I’m going to miss him.”

He added, “You have to have love when life is at it’s worst. Thank you Norm. My thoughts are with Carsey and with Robin and Julia and the kids and the friends. And with that and the laughs.”

Actor Steve Zahn also shared a photo of him with McDonald on Instagram, writing, “I had the pleasure of working with him countless times and he was always warm, generous and one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. His light will be missed and he will always be a legend to me. He was one of my favorite comedians of all time.”

“Everybody Loves Raymond” star Fred Savage posted a tribute to McDonald, writing, “You will be deeply missed Norm. You brought the laughs and I know millions more have felt them. We will miss your smile and your humor. So thankful you made my life and the lives of millions around the world. Love you.”

Savage added a photo of him and McDonald at his 40th birthday party in 1999. “I remember that party! You and I talked every chance we could,” Savage wrote. “We talked about so many things. I am so proud of you. I would love to have dinner with you again. What an icon you were and are. Your legacy lives on and your work will be missed by so many.”

In the wake of McDonald’s death, fans took to social media to mourn the loss of the man who made them smile with his wit and charm.

“So heartbreaking and sad to hear about the loss of this great human being,” tweeted “Wedding Crashers” star Owen Wilson. “I was blessed to meet him in LA years ago. He was an amazing guy, a true legend and has the gift of bringing people together to laugh and be happy. He will be truly missed. Love and prayers to his family.”

Actor and comedian Jeff Garlin added, “So, so, so sad to hear the news. RIP Norm. You were my college professor and my teacher. A genius. So many of us learned so much from you. Your warmth and wit were a huge part of my life, and I will miss that a lot. You will be missed, so very much, by all of us who loved you.”

Norm McDonald Personal life

In 1988, McDonald married Connie Whelancourt, with whom he had a son, Dillon, in 1993. The couple separated in April 1999.

McDonald said his gambling addiction began with a six-figure victory at the Craps Table in Atlantic City. While appearing on the WTF with the Mark Maron podcast in 2011, McDonald revealed that he had lost all his money three times in gambling, with the largest amount ever being lost was $ 40,000. As a nonprofit player, his best direct result was  20,915 cash at the 200,000,000 Bellagio Weekly Tournament in July 200. [5] In the 200 World Series of Poker, he finished 20th out of 272 ent entries in $ No, 000 No Limit Texas. Hold ‘event, winning 14,608. He frequently played live cash games, as well as online poker. McDonald said in a 2018 interview that the United States v. Prior to the decision in Shenberg, he would play 20 online limit holdem games simultaneously. “Because it went offline, it somehow saved my life. Because I was just grinding and I couldn’t sleep.”

Norm McDonald Death

Norm Macdonald died of cancer on September 14, 2021 in Los Angeles at the age of 61. According to his brother Neil, he was diagnosed with leukemia nine years ago. He was immediately put on chemotherapy, but doctors realized he had a terminal form of the disease. The doctors gave him three months to live and doctors informed him that chemotherapy would not be able to help him for very long.