Norm Macdonald, best known for his roles on SNL or the film Dirty Work, has passed away. The well-known and much-loved comedian was 61-years-old.

Macdonald passed away after a long battle with cancer, one that he kept private. Fans did not know he was sick and battling such a terrible disease, one that eventually took his life.

Deadline was first to report Norm’s passing. His management firm Brillstein Entertainment confirmed the sad news. Macdonald’s longtime friend Lori Jo Hoekstra was with him at the time of his passing this morning.

He was reportedly “battling cancer for nearly a decade,” but he was “determined to keep his health struggles private, away from family, friends and fans.”

Our thoughts go out to everyone who has fond memories of Norm Macdonald’s many contributions to the entertainment world. He will never be forgotten as long as his jokes continue to land, and Norm Macdonald will always be funny.

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Years of experience in writing, journalism, and digging exclusive insider info for Ringside News opened the door for a new opportunity for Jenkins. With a history in finance, he broke into the journalism game by writing on blogs and other freelance websites before branching into sports and entertainment news. Being in tune with pop culture doesn't mean it has to make sense, but he tries. Favorite bands include any group from Seattle who formed between 1991 and 1999. 5 Ozzfests under his belt and 12 Warped Tours, but his last concert was a bluegrass AC/DC cover band that was not 100% terrible.

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