R.I.P. Canadian Comedian Mike MacDonald

The celebrated standup and actor was 63
R.I.P. Canadian Comedian Mike MacDonald
Canadian comedian and actor Mike MacDonald has died. He was 63.

News of his passing was confirmed by many friends and colleagues on social media. The cause of death hasn't been confirmed, but MacDonald had struggled with health issues in recent years. He was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2011 and had a liver transplant in 2013, after which he returned to performing.

MacDonald was born in France but his family eventually settled in Ottawa. He got into standup comedy in his 20s and went on to have a successful comedy career. He also did acting, including the 1987 crime comedy Mr. Nice Guy and the CBC sitcom Mosquito Lake. He accrued many other film credits over the years.

MacDonald was also a mental health advocate who had bipolar disorder and battled drug addiction. Below, read some of the tributes that have been posted to social media.