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CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 24: Actors Rob Schneider (L) and Norm Macdonald pose at the after party for the premiere of Crackle's "Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser" at Sony Studios on June 24, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Comedian Norm Macdonald, a former “Saturday Night Live” writer and performer and “Weekend Update” host, has died. His death Tuesday was confirmed by his management team, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, who said Macdonald, 61, had cancer for nine years but kept it private. Macdonald was on “Saturday Night Live” during the 1990s as a writer-performer, and a laconic host of “Weekend Update.” After leaving the show in 1998, he starred in an ABC sitcom for three years. Macdonald was a stand-up comedian born and raised in Quebec City, Canada, and worked briefly as a writer for the ABC sitcom “Roseanne” before he was asked to join “Saturday Night Live.”