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Howie Mandel 'Heartbroken' By Norm Macdonald's Death After Paying Tribute During 'AGT' Finals (Exclusive)

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Howie Mandel is remembering Norm Macdonald. The judge addressed the late comedy star during Tuesday's finals, and later opened up to ET about the loss.«I am heartbroken, absolutely,» Mandel told ET's Matt Cohen on the carpet after the big show. «It was a shock.»Macdonald died Tuesday morning after a nine-year private battle with cancer, his management firm, Brillstein Entertainment, told .

The news of his death hit the comedy world hard, and Mandel explained how he heard about it shortly before production began.«Right before I got here today, it came across the wire,» Mandel shared, explaining that Macdonald's death was so surprising because, «Obviously, he wasn't [public] with his diagnosis.»«He gave me some of my favorite moments ever on.

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