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Everyone Is Sharing Their Favourite Norm Macdonald Moments In Tribute To The Beloved Comedian

The celebrated 'SNL' stand-up died this morning after a battle with cancer.

Norm Macdonald passes at 61 from cancer

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Norm Macdonald, the celebrated stand-up, Saturday Night Live regular, and infamous talk show guest, died this morning at the age of 61.

Born in Canada, the comedian joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1993. Well-known for his impressions of everyone from Larry King to Quentin Tarantino, his star factor rose when he became the permanent host of the show’s ‘Weekend Update’ segment. Their, he pioneered his irreverent and mischievous style, poking fun at celebrity culture and the media landscape with a glowing wink in his eye.

For instance, Macdonald famously went where no other comedian dared during the OJ Simpson trial, repeatedly dropping sardonic quips about the accused murderer. When Simpson was acquitted, Macdonald let loose the famous lines: “Well, it’s finally official; murder is legal in the state of California.”

He was eventually fired from his position on Saturday Night Live, but continued to blossom as a stand-up and as a frequent fixture on shows like The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and Tom Green’s chaotic internet talk show, Tom Green’s House.

Later, Macdonald launched his own talk show and podcast, Norm Macdonald Live. There, he would invite a variety of famous comedian friends to join him as he lampooned modern American culture and dovetailed into surreal and memorable personal anecdotes.

According to reports released after his death, Macdonald had been battling cancer for a decade. He kept the struggle private, though he did make one famous comment on the illness. “When I hear a guy lost a battle to cancer, that really did bother me, that that’s a term,” MacDonald famously said. “It implies that he failed and that somebody else that defeated cancer is heroic and courageous.

“And I’m pretty sure, I’m not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure if you die, the cancer dies at the same time. That’s not a loss. That’s a draw.”

Following his passing, Twitter has lit up with fans who have taken to sharing their favourite clips of Norm Macdonald. There’s his “in the closet” gag…

…His famous, patience-testing “moth” bit…

…An iconic appearance on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

…His black-as-tar “ice cream truck” gag…

…His brilliant book dedication…

…His absolutely fearless Steve Irwin routine, delivered ten days after the Crocodile Hunter’s death…

..And his powerful, now bittersweet paean to the simple joys of being alive.

Truly he was one of the greatest to ever do it.