The comedy world is laughing a little less today after the tragic news of Norm MacDonald’s passing.
The legendary comedian died at the age of 61 after a decades long battle with cancer.
The Blast previously reported the unexpected and tragic news.
Such a loss!
According to multiple reports, the ‘Saturday Night Live’ star died on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, after privately fighting the deadly disease for over nine years.
His passing was announced by his management team Brillstein Entertainment.
Norm was surrounded by friends and his producing partner, Lori Jo Hoekstra, at the time of his death.
His battle with cancer may come as a shock to his mass of fans and that’s because he worked very hard to keep his battle a secret.
Norm was determined to keep his health struggles away from his family, friends, and especially fans.
“He was most proud of his comedy,” Hoekstra said in a statement.
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Norm’s colleagues and fellow comedians are reeling from this major loss.
Tom Segura reposted a 1997 clip of Norm on Conan O’Brien’s show. Along with the clip he wrote, “This is so legendary. I remember watching it. Norm was easily one of the best ever. So effortlessly funny. Total master. RIP.”
This is so legendary. I remember watching it. Norm was easily one of the best ever. So effortlessly funny. Total master. RIP https://t.co/PU92XNx6kD
— Tom Segura AKA Mr. Ladybug (@tomsegura) September 14, 2021
Conan was in complete disbelief over the news tweeting, “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.”
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
Mike Birbiglia shared his condolences on the platform writing, “RIP Norm MacDonald. I saw him perform live when I was in college. It was one of the most memorable performances I’ve ever seen. A complete mastery of standup comedy performance and an unparalleled passion for the art of writing jokes. Never met him. Love to his friends & family.”
Greg Fitzsimmons tweeted, “Nobody was funnier than @normmacdonald. He made comedians feel like we hadn’t even started doing comedy yet. No formulas, no pandering just purely what he thought was funny. Oh yeah, incidentally one of the sweetest guys I’ve ever known.”
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Tom Green said, “Words can’t describe how saddened I am to hear of the passing of my friend. Rest In Peace @normmacdonald. Here we are sharing some laughs.”
“Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarland expressed his sadness writing, “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.”
It’s evident the loss of Norm will leave a major void in the comedy community, but knowing all of those who loved, adored and looked up to him, they will do their best to continue his legacy.
Rest In Peace.