US President Barack Obama paid tribute to actor Harold Ramis, who died on Sunday at he age of 69 after a long illness. In a statement, the President said:
"Michelle and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Harold Ramis, one of America’s greatest satirists, and like so many other comedic geniuses, a proud product of Chicago’s Second City.
"When we watched his movies - from 'Animal House' and 'Caddyshack' to 'Ghostbusters' and 'Groundhog Day - we didn’t just laugh until it hurt. We questioned authority. We identified with the outsider. We rooted for the underdog and through it all, we never lost our faith in happy endings.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Harold’s wife, Erica, his children and grandchildren, and all those who loved him, who quote his work with abandon, and who hope that he received total consciousness."
The United Talent Agency has confirmed that actor Harold Ramis died from complications arising from an auto-immune disease.
Comedy legend Harold Ramis, the iconic writer, director and actor and creative force behind such seminal comedies as Groundhog Day, Caddyshack and Analyze This, died today from complications related to auto-immune inflammatory vasculitis, a condition Ramis battled for the past four years. He was 69.
Ramis passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by family and friends in his Chicago area home, where he and wife, Erica Mann Ramis, have lived since 1996. Prior to that, Ramis lived in Los Angeles for 20 years.