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' Finest Film Moments

"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:





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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