Norm Macdonald Dead At 61: Jim Carrey, Seth Rogan & More React

Norm Macdonald, who is best known for his time on “Saturday Night Live,” has passed away at the 61 after a nine-year private battle with cancer, Access Hollywood can confirm.

The late star’s death was first announced to the publication by his management firm Brillstein Entertainment. Macdonald’s longtime pal and producing partner Lori Jo Hoekstra also confirmed the news to Deadline and noted that he was determined to keep his battle with cancer private.

“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,” Hoekstra said.

Adding, “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.”

Access Hollywood has reached out for comment.

Following the shocking announcement of his death, fellow celebrities and comedians took to social media to react:

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