Why some, like Norm Macdonald, keep their cancer diagnosis private
DENVER (KDVR) – The backlash continues to pour in from around the world after news comes out that comedian Norm Macdonald has died of cancer.
Most fans were unaware the 61-year-old was diagnosed because he was keeping the disease private. The sudden announcement took fans by surprise, similar to the death of actor Chadwick Boseman from colon cancer in 2020 and musician David Bowie from liver cancer in 2016.
More at Presbyterian / St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Reverend Michael Guthrie is one of the first people patients seek after hearing the sad news.
As a hospital chaplain, Guthrie said a cancer diagnosis can upset a person’s outlook.
“Cancer changes what’s important to you in life and what isn’t important to you in life,” Guthrie said.
Guthrie said people diagnosed can be selective about who they talk to, “mainly because they don’t want to call attention to themselves.”
Guthrie said he could think of a cancer patient who withheld the news from just about everyone, “even members of his own family.”
Macdonald was a former “Saturday Night Live” writer and performer who hosted “Weekend Update” when Bill Clinton and OJ Simpson provided comedic fodder in the 1990s.
He was scheduled to play Comedy Works South at the Landmark in Greenwood Village in early 2022.
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