Norm Macdonald, former ‘Saturday Night Live’ comic, dies

FILE - Norm Macdonald appears at KAABOO 2017 in San Diego on Sept. 16, 2017. MacDonald, a comedian and former cast member on "Saturday Night Live," died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, after a nine-year battle with cancer that he kept private, according to Brillstein Entertainment Partners, his management firm in Los Angeles. He was 61. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

AP Media Writer

NEW YORK (AP) – Former “Saturday Night Live” comic Norm Macdonald is dead after a nine-year battle with cancer.

His death Tuesday was confirmed by his management team, Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

Macdonald was on the show during the 1990s as a writer-performer, and a laconic host of “Weekend Update.”

After leaving the show in 1998, he starred in an ABC sitcom for three years.

Macdonald was a standup comedian born and raised in Quebec City, Canada, and worked briefly as a writer for the ABC sitcom “Roseanne” before he was asked to join “Saturday Night Live.”

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