Norm MacDonald's recent Norm MacDonald Has a Show was brilliant and so very drowsy, yet maniacally and cuttingly Norm. He had been living with cancer for the past nine years, and at age 61 has died. He had no interest in sympathy or even letting on about his condition. He pushed on, going so far as to be scheduled for the New York Comedy Festival lineup this November. A true soldier of comedy.
Macdonald's death was announced to Deadline by his management firm Brillstein Entertainment. The comedian's longtime producing partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra, who was with him when died, said Macdonald had been battling cancer for nearly a decade but was determined to keep his health struggles private, away from family, friends and fans.
"He was most proud of his comedy," Hoekstra said. "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."
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