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Norm Macdonald Dead at 61: Jim Carrey, Conan O'Brien, Seth MacFarlane, and More Stars Share Reactions

Norm Macdonald left an impactful legacy and as news of his death was revealed, celebrities took to Twitter to remember the comedian.

Norm Macdonald has died at the age of 61. The legendary Saturday Night Live alum had been battling cancer over the last nine years, according to his management. Macdonald’s is most remembered for his comedic timing which was perfect for the “Weekend Update” desk on the NBC sketch show. Over the years he worked on many shows like The Middle, Girlboss, and Sunnyside, as well as lent his voice to shows like Mike Tyson Mysteries, The Orville, and Family Guy. The comedian inspired many lives through his work and some of his celebrity friends shared words following news of his death.

Norm Macdonald smiles standing in front of a red curtain backdrop
Norm Macdonald smiles standing in front of a red curtain backdrop
Norm Macdonald | Ben Cohen/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images
Celebrities remember Norm Macdonald following news of his death

After news broke that Macdonald had died, it wasn’t long before social media reacted. Fans all over the world mourned the funnyman, including celebrity friends that worked with him through the years. One of the comics that shared his thoughts on Twitter was former SNL writer Conan O’Brien.

“I am absolutely devastated about Norm Macdonald,” O’Brien tweeted. “Norm had the most unique comedic voice I have ever encountered and he was so relentlessly and uncompromisingly funny. I will never laugh that hard again. I’m so sad for all of us today.”

I am absolutely devastated about Norm Macdonald. Norm had the most unique comedic voice I have ever encountered and he was so relentlessly and uncompromisingly funny. I will never laugh that hard again. I'm so sad for all of us today.

— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) September 14, 2021

Jim Carrey, who worked with Macdonald on the movie Billy Madison, also took to social media to express his feelings about the comedic actor’s death.

“My dear friend Norm MacDonald passed after a brave 10-year battle. He was one of our most precious gems. An honest and courageous comedy genius. I love him,” he tweeted.

My dear friend Norm MacDonald passed after a brave 10 year battle. He was one of our most precious gems. An honest and courageous comedy genius. I love him.

— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) September 14, 2021

Steve Martin also tweeted, “We loved Norm MacDonald. One of a kind.” 

“No one could make you break like Norm Macdonald. Hilarious and unique. F— cancer,” Jon Stewart posted on Twitter.

Seth MacFarlane who had been working with Macdonald on Family Guy and The Orville said, “To so many people in comedy, me included, there was nobody funnier than Norm MacDonald. You always hoped he would hang around after the work was done, just so you could hear his stories and get a laugh. So hilarious and so generous with his personality. I’m gonna miss him.”

To so many people in comedy, me included, there was nobody funnier than Norm MacDonald. You always hoped he would hang around after the work was done, just so you could hear his stories and get a laugh. So hilarious and so generous with his personality. I’m gonna miss him.

— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) September 14, 2021

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More stars pay tribute to Norm Macdonald

The impact that Macdonald had with his comedy inspired other comic actors to follow in his footsteps. Seth Rogen took to social media to admit that he “ripped off” the way he delivered jokes during his initial years in the entertainment business.

“Oh f—. I was a huge fan of Norm Macdonald and I essentially ripped off his delivery when I first started acting,” Rogen tweeted. “I would stay up specifically to watch him on talk shows. He was the funniest guest of all time. We lost a comedy giant today. One of the all time greats. RIP.

Jimmy Kimmel said, “Norm didn’t just make us laugh, he made us laugh hard. Rest well, you crazy bastard.”

Norm didn't just make us laugh, he made us laugh hard. Rest well, you crazy bastard.

— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) September 14, 2021

Sarah Silverman tweeted, “Norm was in a comedy genre of his own. No one like him on this planet. Please do yourself a favor and watch his stuff. He was one of a kind of all time.”

Norm was in a comedy genre of his own. No one like him on this planet. Please do yourself a favor and watch his stuff. He was one of a kind of all time

— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 14, 2021

Gilbert Gottfried shared a photo with Macdonald alongside Bob Saget and Jeff Ross captioning, “This photo was taken after I was a guest on Norm’s show. At dinner the laughs just continued nonstop. He will be missed. RIP Norm Macdonald.”

This photo was taken after I was a guest on Norm's show. At dinner the laughs just continued nonstop. He will be missed. RIP Norm Macdonald pic.twitter.com/DToJCUBdU2

— Gilbert Gottfried (@RealGilbert) September 14, 2021

Nancy Sinatra wrote, “This awful news took my breath away. Sending love to his family and friends.”

Larry the Cable Guy also tweeted, “So sad. Thanks Norm for all the great laughs and always speaking your mind. You were one of my all time favorites and one of the funniest of all time. RIP Sure gonna be missed. #comedylegend.”

Norm Macdonald poses for the camera
Norm Macdonald poses for the camera
Norm Macdonald | Yana Paskova/For The Washington Post

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More tweets from Hollywood stars reacting to Norm Macdonald’s death

Norm McDonald always just marched to the beat of his own drum. That beat didn’t always groove with everyone, but for those whom it did- it was an infectious rhythm that always left you wanting more. Like he was constantly in on a joke that the rest of us had to catch up to…

— Darren Criss (@DarrenCriss) September 14, 2021

I love the science of comedy. Comedy nerds know that the one step beyond #TheAristcrats was the time Norm Macdonald decided to commit to doing a kitschy mediocre roast for Bob Saget. It was beyond trolling.

— B.R.O.theR. ?uestion (@questlove) September 14, 2021

In such a divisive time even among comedians, we can all agree Norm MacDonald was the best. Rest In Peace.

— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) September 14, 2021

Gutted.

One of the great comedic geniuses, free thinkers, all around true originals of all time. Ben and I were lucky enough to see him perform in Vegas and it was incredible.

Beyond tragic. Condolences to his friends, family and loved ones. https://t.co/ewtpPsAQO9

— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) September 14, 2021

What terrible news. Such a great comedian. His Letterman and Conan appearances alone are some of the funniest things to have ever been on TV. So very sad and shocked to hear this. Condolences to his family and friends. https://t.co/CmtYM1BAll

— Simon Blackwell (@simonblackwell) September 14, 2021
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