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Norman Macdonald appears at KAABOO 2017 in San Diego, Sept. 16, 2017

NEW YORK - Comedian Norm Macdonald, a former "Saturday Night Live" writer and performer who was "Weekend Update" host when former U.S. President Bill Clinton and O.J. Simpson provided comic fodder during the 1990s, has died.

Macdonald, who was 61, died Tuesday after having cancer for nine years but kept it private, according to Brillstein Entertainment Partners, his management firm in Los Angeles.

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