Murray remembers co-star Ramis

Published Tuesday, 25 February 2014
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Bill Murray has paid tribute to his Ghostbusters co-star and frequent collaborator Harold Ramis, following his death on Monday.

Murray remembers co-star Ramis

The actor, writer and filmmaker, passed away at the age of 69 from complications of a rare blood disease, and now Murray is the latest member of the beloved Ghostbusters franchise to share his condolences.

The funnyman released a statement that reads: "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."

Despite the fact the duo found success with a string of comedy classics in the 1980s and 1990s, Ramis revealed in a 2009 interview with website TheAVClub.com that he had not spoken to Murray since 1993's Groundhog Day over an on-set dispute, and had "no social relationship whatsoever".

Along with Murray and Ramis, actor Dan Aykroyd rounded out the trio of parapsychologists in Ghostbusters, and he expressed his sadness over the passing of his good friend on Monday as well.

A statement issued to The Hollywood Reporter reads: "(I am) deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis. May he now get the answers he was always seeking."

A number of famous faces have also paid tribute to the star via Twitter.

Actor and presenter Stephen Fry wrote: "Stunned and saddened to hear of the death of Harold Ramis. A comedy hero..."

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane said: "Harold Ramis was a brilliant, shining example for every comedy writer hoping to achieve excellence the field. He will be sorely missed."

Meanwhile U.S preseident Barrack Obama has expressed his condolences.

In a statement, he 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."

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