Norm Macdonald (died September 14th, aged 61)
Norm Macdonald, best known for his role as desk anchor on the Saturday Night Live sketch Weekend Update, died on September 14th after a nine-year battle with leukemia. His longtime producing partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra was by his side at the time of his death. Macdonald was 61 years old.
“He was most proud of his comedy,” Hoekstra said in a statement, announcing Macdonald’s passing. “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.”
After appearing as a cast member on SNL from 1993 to 1998, MacDonald starred in the 1998 comedy film Dirty Work and in his own sitcom, The Norm Show, which ran for three seasons 1999 to 2001. In 2013, Macdonald started a video podcast called Norm Macdonald Live, on which he interviewed comedians and other celebrities. In 2018, he starred in the Netflix series Norm Macdonald Has a Show, which has a similar premise to his podcast.