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Mike MacDonald, a popular stand-up comedian well known and respected throughout Canada, passed away on Saturday at Ottawa Heart Institute as a result of heart complications.
He was 63 years old.
MacDonald’s brother confirmed this sad piece of news to CTV News early on Sunday.
The passing has especially resonated in Montreal because MacDonald had performed at the Montreal-based Just For Laughs comedy festival more times than any other performer.
Tweeted this event from its official social media account:
“Saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friends and Canadian comedy legend Mike MacDonald.
“Over the years he has graced our stages more than any other comic and will be greatly missed.”
The son of a Royal Canadian Air Force officer, MacDonald was actually born in Metz, France.
He started his comedy career at the age of 24, moving to Toronto in order to perform at various venues once he quit his full-time job in order to focus on this industry for a living.
In the wake of MacDonald’s passing
Over the years, MacDonald was featured on such programs as Late Night with David Letterman and The Arsenio Hall Show, while also starring in three specials for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
They were: “Mike MacDonald; On Target,” “My House! My Rules!,” and “Happy As I Can Be.”
In 2013, MacDonald underwent liver transplant surgery after a hepatitis C diagnosis two years earlier progressed to the point of organ failure.
It is unknown at this time whether that condition contributed to his unexpected death over the weekend.
In the wake of MacDonald’s passing, numerous comedians and entertainers took to Twitter in order to mourn the hilarious star.
Marc Maron: “Mike MacDonald died yesterday.He was the real deal. Comedy warrior. RIP.”
Jim Gaffigan: So sad to hear about Mike MacDonald. I had the pleasure of performing with Canadian comedy legend a couple times. Once at a [Just for Laughs] gala and recently when I performed in Ottawa…On both occasions he was pure class and funny as hell.”
Jeremy Hotz: “I am pained to inform you that my friend and comedy mentor Mike MacDonald has passed away. Mike was a ferociously funny man. We shared so many good times. Thanks for taking me under your wing way back in the day. You were a great comic. You did your country proud.”
Kathy Griffin: “RIP. Respect must be paid. Thank you for the laughs, Mike. Thank you for the work ethic and being a real deal comic influencer.”
We send our thoughts to the comic’s loved ones.
May Mike MacDonald rest in peace.
Ensa Cosby, the daughter of actor/comedian, Bill Cosby, was found dead in her Massachusetts home on Friday evening, multiple outlets have now confirmed.
She was 44 years old.
The cause of death is unknown at this time.
However, TMZ reports that Ensa suffered from a number of health issues, including a very serious kidney problem.
It is believed she was on the list for a transplant at the time of her passing.
Ensa made news last year when she issued a lengthy statement in support of her father, who has been accused of drugging and assaulting over 60 women.
The comedian’s rape trial ended in a mistrial last summer and the date for a new one has not yet been announced.
Cosby and all members of his family have maintained the star’s innocence ever since the first allegation came to light.
Ensa made her voice known in May of 2017, ahead of one of the Cosby Show alum’s court appearances.
This is what she wrote about her dad and the charges against him:
I am a very private person and have chosen to live my life quietly with my family. But for my child, my niece, my nephew, and my father, I cannot sit quietly anymore.
The accusations against my father have been one-sided from the beginning.
When he tried to defend himself, he was sued in civil court.
I’ve seen the accusations become more horrific and extreme with time, and I’ve witnessed my father’s reputation and legendary works be dismissed without any proof.
The statement continued as follows:
I strongly believe my father is innocent of the crimes alleged against him, and I believe that racism has played a big role in all aspects of this scandal…
My father has been publicly lynched in the media.
My family, my young daughter, my young niece and nephew have had to stand helplessly by and watch the double standards of pretending to protect the rights of some.
But ignoring the rights of others and exposing innocent children to such appalling accusations about someone they love dearly and who has been so loving and kind to them is beyond cruel.
Bill and his wife, Camille Cosby, are also the parents of Erika, 52, Erinn, 51, and Evin, 41.
Their son Ennis was murdered at the age of 27 in a botched robbery attempt in Los Angeles in 1997.
May Ensa Cosby rest in peace.