Saturday Night Lives Norm Macdonald dies after nine-year cancer battle

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Saturday Night Live star Norm Macdonald has passed away aged 61 following a nine-year cancer battle.

Confirming the star's death, Norm's management revealed the news to online publication Deadline and said and the he was fighting cancer for almost a decade.

Norm's producing partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra said: "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."

The star first became known to fans when he made his debut on the iconic comedy show SNL 1993. The star then left the show in 1998.

During his time on the iconic show, the comedian played the Weekend Update anchor and will be remembered by fans for his his dry, quick witted humour.

But when he wasn't providing his fans with his comical humour from behind the desk, Norm took part in several sketches on the show.

SNL Fans will also recall his memorable impersonation of Burt Reynolds on Celebrity Jeopardy.

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