Harold Ramis dies: Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd lead tributes to Ghostbusters co-star, saying ‘he earned his keep on this planet’
Co-stars and co-writers react to the death of the comedy great
Ghostbusters stars Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd have paid tribute to the late actor-director Harold Ramis, who died yesterday.
Murray collaborated with Ramis on some of his most memorable – and funniest – films, including National Lampoon and Groundhog Day.
"Harold Ramis and I together did the National Lampoon Show together off Broadway, Meatball, Stripes, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day," he said in a statement to Time magazine.
"He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him."
Aykroyd, who co-wrote and co-starred with Ramis in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2, wrote via his official Facebook account.
"Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted and funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis," he wrote. "May he now get the answers he was always seeking."
And they weren’t alone in their admiration for the late actor, as leading figures from the entertainment industry took to Twitter to commemorate his passing:
Harold Ramis. Thank you. We love you. pic.twitter.com/gdEHBm9v8mJudd Apatow (@JuddApatow) February 24, 2014
Sorry to learn of the passing of Harold Ramis - he was a wonderful person - a terrific talent & he died much too young— Larry King (@kingsthings) February 24, 2014
So sorry to hear about the death of Harold Ramis, a comedy master. Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, and more.Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) February 24, 2014
Harold Ramis was a kind, wise, hilarious, brilliant guy with a buddhist heart. So grateful to have worked for him. Sending love to his fam.olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) February 24, 2014
Thank u Harold Ramis for 1000's of laughs and for being a warm, decent person. You will be very missed.Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) February 25, 2014
The actor, writer and director, who was perhaps best known as the bespectacled science nerd Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters, died on Monday in Chicago. He was 69.
Ramis had spent four years suffering from a rare auto-immune condition that causes swelling of the blood vessels, his wife Erica Ramis told The Chicago Tribune.
"When I was 15, I interviewed Harold for my high school radio station, and he was the person that I wanted to be when I was growing up," Judd Apatow told the paper. "His work is the reason why so many of us got into comedy… He literally made every single one of our favourite movies."
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