His longtime producer, Lori Joe Hookstra, said McDonald had been suffering from cancer for nine years and his diagnosis was hidden from friends, family and fans.
“He was most proud of his humor. He never wanted the diagnosis to affect how the audience or any of his loved ones would look at him. Norms was a pure comedian. We will miss him very much,” Hokstra said.
The comedian was born on October 17, 1959 in Quebec, Canada. Before moving to Los Angeles, he performed countless times on his own stand-up show, and on one occasion he was addressed by TV presenter Dennis Miller. He wanted McDonald to write episodes of Miller’s harp show.
In 1994, McDonald joined the Saturday Night Live team and worked there for 4 years. The comedian participated in several situation comedy series, as well as in 2013 created his own podcast. In 2018, Norms released his latest stand-up show, “Norm Macdonald Has a Show.”