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.
Harold Ramis: Career in pictures
Harold Ramis: Career in pictures
1/15 Harold Ramis at the 'Meet the Oscars'
Harold Ramis attends the 'Meet the Oscars' exhibit at The Shops at North Bridge in Chicago, 2010
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2/15 Harold Ramis in 80's
Harold Ramis in Chicago, 1985
3/15 Harold Ramis in Las Vegas
Harold Ramis during ShoWest in Las Vegas, 1995
4/15 Harold Ramis with his family
Harold Ramis and his wife Erica, sons, Julian (L) and Daniel, at the premiere of 'Bedazzled' at the Village Theater in Los Angeles, 2000
5/15 Harold Ramis receives award
American director Harold Ramis smiling and holding his award for Funniest Motion Picture for his film, 'Analyze This,' at the American Comedy Awards at the Shrine Exposition Center, Los Angeles, 2000
6/15 Harold Ramis smiles
Smiling director Harold Ramis, 2002
7/15 Harold Ramis at the Film Festival
Harold Ramis, director during 31st American Film Festival of Deauville - Tribute to Robert Towne and 'The Ice Harvest' Premiere at CID in Deauville, France, 2005
8/15 Harold Ramis at the match
Filmmaker and actor Harold Ramis throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the Chicago Cubs take on the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field in Chicago, 2006
9/15 Harold Ramis at the NBA game
Harold Ramis at the NBA All-Star Game, 2007
10/15 Harold Ramis at the 'Year One' premiere
Director Harold Ramis attends the premiere of 'Year One' at AMC Lincoln Square in New York, 2009
11/15 Harold Ramis at the 'Year One' premiere
Harold Ramis attends the 'Year One' premiere at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, 2009
12/15 Harold Ramis at the Avenue Magazine Party
Harold Ramis attends the Michigan Avenue Magazine Party at the Wit Hotel to celebrate the movie 'Year One' in Chicago, 2009
13/15 Harold Ramis during panel discussion
Harold Ramis attends a SCTV panel discussion in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Second City at 1616 N. Wells Avenue on December in Chicago, 2009
14/15 Harold Ramis starred in 'Ghostbusters'
Director and actor Harold Ramis was best known for his role in Ghostbusters
15/15 Harold Ramis at the game
Harold Ramis takes in a game between the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz at the United Center in Chicago, 2010
"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."