Norm MacDonald, the popular Canadian comedian, has passed away at 61 after a nine-year battle with cancer.

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The management firm Brillstein Entertainment broke the news in a statement on Wednesday.

Lori Jo Hoekstra, the comedian’s longtime producing partner, said he had been battling cancer for about ten years but kept his health struggles away from family, friends and fans.

“He was most proud of his comedy. 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 said.

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He once wrote that ‘a joke should catch someone by surprise, it should never pander.’ He certainly never pandered. Norm will be missed terribly.”

Prior to his demise, MacDonald had been scheduled to be at the New York comedy festival lineup in November.

The Canadian comic had featured in several movies and TV shows including; ‘Saturday Night Live’, ‘Dirty Work’, ‘The Norm Show’ and had also starred as a voice actor on the animated show ‘Mike Tyson Mysteries’.

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He started a video podcast titled, ‘ Norm Macdonald Live’, in 2013, on which comedians and other celebrities were interviewed.

In 2018, he also released ‘Norm MacDonald Has a Show’, a Netflix programme with a similar premise to his podcast.

Tributes have continued to pour in for the deceased on social media platforms as words of his demise spread.

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