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."
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:
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.
Steve Carell, Stephen Merchant and Elizabeth Hurley have joined tributes to "funny" and "lovely" Harold Ramis.
Hurley appeared in Bedazzled with Brendan Fraser in 200 which was directed by 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.
Family Guy and American Dad creator Seth McFarlane praised Ramis' "excellence" while Stephen Fry called him a comedy hero.
Harold Ramis' directorial debut came with the 1980 film Caddyshack.
Starring Chevy Chase and Bill Murray the film is known as a classic slapstick comedy and has gained a cult following.
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.
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.
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.
The United Talent Agency has confirmed that actor Harold Ramis died from complications arising from an auto-immune disease.