The acclaimed stand-up comedian Norm MacDonald died unexpectedly at the age of 61. The native Canadian has enjoyed cult status in the USA since the 1990s when he was part of the “Saturday Night Live” ensemble.

As the celebrity portal “TMZ” reports, MacDonald fought for almost ten years against cancer without ever making his illness public. His production partner Lori Jo Hoekstra confirmed the death report to the portal.

“Most of all, he was proud of his comedy. He never wanted the diagnosis to affect how viewers or the people who love him see him,” said Hoekstra.

MacDonald was also active as an actor. He starred in the Hollywood hit “Larry Flint” and the cult series “My Name Is Earl”. Most recently he appeared in “The Orville”.

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