Tributes for Harold Ramis

Harold Ramis

US President Barack Obama has joined the people paying tribute to actor Harold Ramis, who died last Sunday at the 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."

Ramis' Ghostbusters co-star Bill 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."

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.

Stephen Merchant tweeted: "RIP Harold Ramis. I'll be watching the masterful Groundhog Day for the 100th time in tribute."