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Tributes pour in for Canadian comedian Norm Macdonald

TORONTO – Tributes, wishes and fun anecdotes have started pouring in for the late Canadian comedian Norm Macdonald, who died of cancer at the age of 61 on Tuesday.

Macdonald, who was a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor with a signature deadpan delivery, was a fixture in the comedy television world, with appearances on The Drew Carey Show and NewsRadio.

He was also the former presenter of Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update”, a highly regarded position that cemented his influence on the comedy scene.

Word of his death spread quickly on Twitter, with a comedy legend Steve Martin tweeting “We loved Norm Macdonald. One of a kind.”

Famous Canadian comedian Jim Carrey also paid tribute to Macdonald on Twitter, writing “My dear friend Norm Macdonald has passed away after a courageous 10-year battle. It was one of our most precious gems. An honest and courageous comedy genius. I love it.”

American comic and writer Patton Oswalt wrote his own tribute, saying “Goodbye, Norm. You were never 100% hilarious.

Canadian actor Jay Baruchel has called Macdonald a “sincere hero” and “limitless inspiration” since he was a teenager on Twitter. “He was also the rarest of beings: a truly original artist. The loss of the world is the gain of the Canadian skies. We will never see his like again, ”reads the rest of the tweet.

Welsh actor and comedian Rob Brydon called Macdonald a “glorious actor” and “unique” on his Twitter account. Conan O’Brien, The Iron Sheik, Jennifer Sterger and Seth MacFarlane also wrote tributes to Macdonald online.

Canadian politicians also took to social media.

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole tweeted his condolences to Macdonald’s family and friends, writing “Canada is known for producing some of the greatest comedians, and Norm Macdonald is certainly one of the reasons… he will be missed.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford wrote on Twitter that he was “very sad to hear” of Macdonald’s death and that “his work has brought joy to millions of people around the world.”


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