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Variety reports that "Norm Macdonald, the deadpan comedian, actor, writer and 'Saturday Night Live' star, has died after a battle with cancer … He was 61."

Variety notes that "Macdonald anchored 'Weekend Update" (on SNL) during the O.J. Simpson trial, where he delivered one of his most memorable jokes at the top of the episode following Simpson’s acquittal:  'Well, it is finally official: Murder is legal in the state of California'."