Norm Macdonald, comedian and star of Saturday Night Live, died on Tuesday at the age of 61 after battling cancer for almost a decade, according to the specialized site Variety.
Through social networks, some of his colleagues such as Seth Rogen, Jon Stewart, Ron Funches and Jim Gaffigan, lamented the departure of the Canadian comedian and highlighted him as “one of the best” of the genre.
Macdonald joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1993, and the following year, he began his memorable stint as host of the Weekend Update segment until early 1998, when he was replaced by Colin Quinn.
Recognized for his imitations of David Letterman, Larry King and Quentin Tarantino and many others in those five years of the cycle from which he had been fired for his parodies and comments on the OJ Simpson trial.
“Well, it’s finally official: the murder is legal in the state of California,” he joked after the controversial acquittal of the athlete accused of double homicide and that would end up triggering his definitive disconnection from the NBC signal.
Macdonald also worked on films such as Billy Madison, The People vs. Larry Flint and Dr. Dolittle, where he voiced the dog Lucky, among other film work.