Norm Macdonald, the deadpan standup comic and former “Saturday Night Live” star from 1993 to 1998, has died after a private nine-year battle with cancer. He was 61. The one-time Weekend Update anchor’s passing was confirmed by his management team at Brillstein Entertainment. Norm’s friend Lori Jo Hoekstra, who was with Macdonald when died, said the performer had been fighting caner for nearly a decade but was determined to keep his struggle away from family, friends and fans. “He was most proud of his comedy,” Hoekstra, who was also his longtime producing partner, said. “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 once wrote that ‘a joke should catch someone by surprise, it should never pander.’ He certainly never pandered. Norm will be missed terribly.” After leaving “SNL” — and being replaced as Weekend Update anchor by Colin Quinn — in 1998, McDonald starred in his own sitcom, “The Norm Show.” He starred as social worker Norm Henderson, a former NHL player who was banned for from the sport life thanks to gambling and tax evasion. The show ran for three seasons from 1999 to 2001. He later hosted a one-season talk show — the appropriately dryly titled “Norm Macdonald Has a Show” — on Netflix in 2018.