Jim Carrey, one of the successful actors in the film industry, has officially spoken out regarding the death of comedian Norm Macdonald. In doing so, he dubbed Macdonald a “comedy genius.”
The Saturday Night Live star passed away on Tuesday after battle cancer for nearly a decade. He was 61 years old at the time of his death. As a result, fellow comedians and actors took to social media to remember the incredible life of Norm Macdonald.
And Jim Carrey gave him just about the highest praise there is. You have to remember that Carrey is no slouch himself when it comes to making people laugh. So, his glowing tribute on Tuesday afternoon definitely means a little bit more. Carrey, 59, posted the following message to his more than 18.6 million followers on Twitter.
“My dear friend Norm Macdonald passed after a brave 10-year battle,” Carrey wrote. “He was one of our most precious gems. An honest and courageous comedy genius. I love him.”
Death of Norm Macdonald Prompts Emotional Responses from Fans
As of this writing, Jim Carrey’s tribute to Norm Macdonald has already gotten more than 132,000 likes, in addition to well over 8,100 retweets. It also has gotten hundreds of responses from fans who can relate to losing a close friend.
“Shocked, sorry Jim for your loss of a dear friend,” one person replied. “Sad day we lost a legend who brought so much joy to the world. And Mr. Carrey, keep your head up and stay strong. We need ones like you, sir.”
“He was a giant. I only felt this way when Jerry Garcia died,” another user explained. “Norm was like him — did what he wanted, created a new form, and didn’t care what the world did with it. I’m shaking. Poor guy. I wish peace for you on the loss of your friend, Jim.”
However, Jim Carrey is just one of many fellow film and television stars to pay their respects to Norm Macdonald on social media. Several others like Adam Sandler, Seth Rogan, Conan O’Brian, David Letterman, Steve Martin and more did so as well.
“Every one of us loved Norm,” Sandler began his own emotional post. “Some of the hardest laughs of my life with this man. Most fearless funny original guy we knew. An incredible dad. A great friend. A legend. Love u pal.”
Conan O’Brien did much of the same. The late-night television host described Norm Macdonald as having a “unique comedic voice.”
“I am absolutely devasted about Norm Macdonald. Norm had the most unique comedic voice I have ever encountered and he was so relentlessly and uncompromisingly funny. I will never laugh that hard again. I’m so sad for all of us today.”