Comedian and “Saturday Night Live” legend Norm Macdoanld died from cancer Tuesday morning, according to the Associated Press.
He was 61.
Macdonald had been battling cancer privately for about nine years, and kept his health struggles private, even from family and friends.
His production partner, Lori Jo Hoekstra, told Deadline that, “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.”
Macdonald will most be remembered by his time on “Saturday Night Live” during the ‘90s. He was on the show for five seasons and gave many memorable performances, including hosting Weekend Update for three of his seasons on the show.
His impression of Burt Reynolds during the “Jeopardy!” parody sketches are some of his funniest work.
Celebrities, including many other comedians, immediately shared their memories about Macdonald all over social media. Many of them, like Seth Rogen, idolized Macdonald before they made it big. Here are a few tributes to the late comedian.
Warning: Some tweets may have explicit language.
Oh fuck. I was a huge fan of Norm Macdonald and I essentially ripped off his delivery when I first started acting. I would stay up specifically to watch him on talk shows. He was the funniest guest of all time. We lost a comedy giant today. One of the the all time greats. RIP.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) September 14, 2021
I am absolutely devastated about Norm Macdonald. Norm had the most unique comedic voice I have ever encountered and he was so relentlessly and uncompromisingly funny. I will never laugh that hard again. I'm so sad for all of us today.— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) September 14, 2021
Every one of us loved Norm. Some of the hardest laughs of my life with this man. Most fearless funny original guy we knew. An incredible dad. A great friend. A legend. Love u pal. pic.twitter.com/2Pftw28uPc— Adam Sandler (@AdamSandler) September 14, 2021
In every important way, in the world of stand-up, Norm was the best. An opinion shared by me and all peers. Always up to something, never certain, until his matter-of-fact delivery leveled you.— David Letterman (@Letterman) September 14, 2021
Norm was in a comedy genre of his own. No one like him on this planet. Please do yourself a favor and watch his stuff. He was one of a kind of all time— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 14, 2021
No one could make you break like Norm Macdonald. Hilarious and unique. Fuck cancer.— Jon Stewart (@jonstewart) September 14, 2021
Oh my God. We lost a legend. Norm was punishingly funny. A unique special point of view and completely organic. RIPNormMacDonald https://t.co/u3nkFjs099— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) September 14, 2021
NOOOOO GODDAMIT. Oh my God what is even happening.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 14, 2021
Good bye, Norm. You were never not 100% hilarious. https://t.co/loW3QsEjgW
We loved Norm MacDonald. One of a kind. https://t.co/0sXoCLEtuG— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) September 14, 2021
My dear friend Norm MacDonald passed after a brave 10 year battle. He was one of our most precious gems. An honest and courageous comedy genius. I love him.— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) September 14, 2021
Today the world lost a very, very funny man. We miss him already. R.I.P Norm Macdonald.— Eugene Levy (@Realeugenelevy) September 14, 2021
To so many people in comedy, me included, there was nobody funnier than Norm MacDonald. You always hoped he would hang around after the work was done, just so you could hear his stories and get a laugh. So hilarious and so generous with his personality. I’m gonna miss him.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) September 14, 2021
In such a divisive time even among comedians, we can all agree Norm MacDonald was the best. Rest In Peace.💔— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) September 14, 2021