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Canadian Comic Norm Macdonald Dies at 61 After a Private Battle With Cancer

TORONTO—Norm Macdonald, the deadpan Quebec comedian who rose from Canadian nightclubs to the heights of “Saturday Night Live” fame has died at 61 after a private battle with cancer. Representatives for his management agency Brillstein Entertainment Partners confirmed the death on Tuesday, saying further details were not available. The revelation came as a shock to many as Macdonald hadn’t shared his diagnosis with his fans. The Quebec City-raised standup was best known for his tenure on “Saturday Night Live” from 1993 to 1998 where he appeared behind the “Weekend Update” desk to poke fun at the latest news events. He also made an impression of Burt Reynolds as a contestant on “Jeopardy” one of his most beloved characters. Yuk Yuk’s co-founder Mark Breslin said Macdonald’s sheer star power was clear from his earliest days on the Canadian comedy circuit where he forged a unique voice from the onset, impressing his …

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