Jim Carrey, Jon Stewart Pay Tribute to Norm Macdonald, 'One of Our Most Precious Gems'

Celebrities paid to tribute to comedian Norm Macdonald Tuesday afternoon following news that he died following a battle with cancer at the age of 61.

He was best known for his five-year run as a cast member on Saturday Night Live in the 1990s, during which he spent three years as host of the "Weekend Update" segment. He also wrote for the show Roseanne, starred in the film Dirty Work and his own sitcom, The Norm Show.

Jim Carrey wrote, "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."

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

Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart wrote, "No one could make you break like Norm Macdonald. Hilarious and unique."

No one could make you break like Norm Macdonald. Hilarious and unique. Fuck cancer.

— Jon Stewart (@jonstewart) September 14, 2021

Meghan McCain called his death "beyond tragic."

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

"Gutted," she wrote. "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."

Actor Josh Gad wrote he is "absolutely gutted" by the loss, calling him "one of the most underrated and hilarious SNL performers."

Oh come on! Damnit. Not Norm. Absolutely gutted. One of the most underrated and hilarious SNL performers. RIP #NormMacdonald https://t.co/bK5EALnpYz

— Josh Gad (@joshgad) September 14, 2021

Actor Seth Rogen recounted the influence Macdonald had on him.

"I was a huge fan of Norm Macdonald and I essentially ripped off his delivery when I first started acting. 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 the all time greats. RIP," he wrote.

Director Edgar Wright wrote, "Of the many addictive rabbit holes you can disappear down on the internet, the most pleasurable is 'Norm MacDonald chat show appearances'. Thanks for all the laughs Norm, very sorry to see you go."

Of the many addictive rabbit holes you can disappear down on the internet, the most pleasurable is 'Norm MacDonald chat show appearances'. Thanks for all the laughs Norm, very sorry to see you go. https://t.co/ahxZNRdJEw

— edgarwright (@edgarwright) September 14, 2021

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

Norm Macdonald, Stand-Up and 'Saturday Night Live' Star, Dead at 61 https://t.co/8Gb6Ns0hpF via @RollingStone

This awful news took my breath away. Sending love to his family and friends.

— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) September 14, 2021

Patton Oswalt wrote in a series of tweets that Macdonald was "never not 100% hilarious."

seriously this really hurts https://t.co/loW3QsEjgW

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 14, 2021

Steve Martin said he was "one of a kind."

We loved Norm MacDonald. One of a kind. https://t.co/0sXoCLEtuG

— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) September 14, 2021

Screenwriter Simon Blackwell wrote, "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."

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

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

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

Gilbert Gottfried shared a photo from after his appearance on Macdonald's show, writing "the laughs just continued nonstop."

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
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Tributes poured in for comedian Norm Macdonald following the news of his death. Here, he is seen performing in Beverly Hills in November 2017. Greg Doherty/Getty Images