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Obamas pay tribute to 'comedic genius' Harold Ramis

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.

The Obamas paid tribute to Harold Ramis, a "proud product of Chicago's Second City". Credit: Reuters

"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."

Read: Comedians lead tributes to Ghostbusters actor Harold Ramis

Bill Murray: Harold Ramis 'earned his keep'

Bill Murray has paid an idiosyncratic tribute to Harold Ramis. The comedy pair worked together several times, most famously appearing together in Ghostbusters.

Murray told Time Magazine:

Harold Ramis and I together did the National Lampoon Show off Broadway, Meatballs, Stripes, Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day. He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him.

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Tributes 'left outside Ghostbusters firehouse'

Pictures and bunches of flowers have reportedly been left outside the 'Ghostbusters firehouse' in New York after the death of Harold Ramis who played Dr Egon Spengler in the films.

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Tribute to Harold Ramis outside the Ghostbusters firehouse in Tribeca. http://t.co/ees4V9QpAd

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Carell and Hurley remember 'lovely' Harold Ramis

Steve Carell, Stephen Merchant and Elizabeth Hurley have joined tributes to "funny" and "lovely" Harold Ramis.

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Harold Ramis. Funny, gracious, kind hearted. A joy to have known you.

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RIP Harold Ramis. I'll be watching the masterful Groundhog Day for the 100th time in tribute

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Very, very sad to hear that Harold Ramis has died. He was a lovely man and I loved working with him. RIP xxx

Hurley appeared in Bedazzled with Brendan Fraser in 200 which was directed by Ramis.

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Comedians pay tribute to Harold Ramis

Comedians from both sides of the Atlantic have paid tribute to Harold Ramis after he died this morning aged 69.

Cindy Morgan, who played Lacey Underall in Ramis' directorial debut Caddyshack spoke of the comedian's gentleness.

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Stunned to hear about the passing of Harold Ramis. His humor and gentleness... One of the few directors who... http://t.co/DMOWzBwjxN

Watch: Harold Ramis' directorial debut Caddyshack

Family Guy and American Dad creator Seth McFarlane praised Ramis' "excellence" while Stephen Fry called him a comedy hero.

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Harold Ramis was a brilliant, shining example for every comedy writer hoping to achieve excellence the field. He will be sorely missed.

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Harold Ramis in first Ghostbusters film

A trailer from the first Ghostbusters movie shows Harold Ramis appearing with Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver in the 1984 hit.

The actor, writer and director best known for playing Dr Egon Spengler in the two Ghostbusters films has died aged 69.

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Ramis' comedy career spanned more than 40 years

Harold Ramis had his start in comedy in 1969 at Chicago’s Second City improvisational theatre troupe, while still employed as Associate Editor at Playboy Magazine.

Harold Ramis with Billy Crystal pictured together in 1999.
Harold Ramis with Billy Crystal pictured together in 1999. Credit: KIPA KIPA PRESS/KIPA/Press Association Images

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Among his honours and awards, Ramis was the recipient of the American Comedy Award, the British Comedy Award, and the BAFTA (British Academy) award for screenwriting.

Ramis is survived by his wife Erica, sons Julian and Daniel, daughter Violet and two grandchildren.

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