Former ‘Saturday Night Live’ anchor and comedian Norm Macdonald passed away at the age of 61 after a nine-year battle with cancer. He was married to his ex-wife Connie Macdonald. They had one son, Dylan, who was born in the 1990s. Macdonald and his ex-wife were quiet on social media about their life together.
However, Macdonald sometimes tweeted about his son and the activities they enjoyed together.
He was scheduled to be in the New York Comedy Festival lineup in November. The comedian’s demise was confirmed by his management team at Brillstein Entertainment on Tuesday, September 14.
Who is Connie Macdonald?
Connie Macdonald is widely known as the former wife of comedy Norm Macdonald who was best known for hosting SNL and fans admired his celebrity impersonations immensely. The news about the comedian’s passing was reportedly announced by his management firm, Brillstein Entertainment, to Deadline.
His longtime partner Lori Jo Hoekstra revealed that Norm had been privately battling cancer for almost a decade.
Norm Macdonald loved golf almost as much as he loved making us laugh.
RIP Norm ⛳ pic.twitter.com/6nm8WIB42C
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 15, 2021
How old is Connie Macdonald?
Connie Macdonald is believed to be in her 50s.
Connie Vaillancourt Norm Macdonald
Norm Macdonald and Connie Vaillancourt Macdonald were married in 1988.
They were together for 11 years, separating in 1999. A year before they separated, Macdonald told The Chicago Tribune that he was currently living in New York but planning to move to Los Angeles for work.
Norm Macdonald Children
Macdonald had one son with Connie. Dylan was born in 1993.
For the most part, Connie and Norm did not talk about their marriage to the media.
Connie also stayed out of the spotlight whenever Norm was in the news. The Sun reported that her maiden name was Vaillancourt and she worked as a therapist but did not provide many details beyond that.
Norm Macdonald Wife
In a 1999 interview with Rolling Stone, Macdonald shared that he and Vaillancourt were already separated. He said that the only reason he was excited about moving to the West Coast was that he would be closer to Dylan.
He told Rolling Stone:
“Los Angeles is all the show-business people. It’s cool seeing celebrities from the old days, but there are fewer and fewer of them. I only like guys that were famous before I got into show business — everyone else is, like, so what? It’s a one-industry town — which is always boring. And show-business people are even worse…”
Norm Macdonald Son
In 2016, Dylan’s friend, Michael Huettner, died in Norm Macdonald’s home while he was housesitting when Dylan and Norm were on vacation, TMZ reported. The 23-year-old was watching their home and their cat.
Police sources told TMZ that Huettner was found with multiple pill bottles, including oxycodone.
LAPD said they saw no signs of criminal activity.
Police said that an overdose was suspected, Toronto Star reported.
Norm Macdonald Death – Cause of Death
Macdonald’s longtime producing partner and friend Lori Jo Hoekstra, who was with him when died, noted that the star had been battling cancer for nearly a decade. “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 once wrote that ‘a joke should catch someone by surprise, it should never pander.’
“He certainly never pandered. Norm will be missed terribly, ” Hoekstra said.
— The Hill (@thehill) September 15, 2021
Macdonald began his show business career in the comedy clubs of his native Canada.
He competed in the early reality TV competition series ‘Star Search’ in 1990. Norm is known to be in the infamous writer’s room for fellow standup Roseanne Barr’s hit sitcom ‘Roseanne’ during the 1992-93 season before landing his coveted gig on Lorne Michael’s iconic NBC sketch comedy series ‘SNL’. “I would love to stay at SNL forever — but you can’t stay in the same place. People think you’re a loser, ” Norm told TV Guide in 1997.
What We Know So Far
Norm Macdonald would sometimes talk about his son Dylan on social media.
He once said that he and his son greatly admired B.J. Novak’s books.
Thank you, B.J. Both my son and I are great admirers of your writing. https://t.co/RSNSunWXE5
— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) October 13, 2016