Famed director Ivan Reitman has passed away at the age of 75, his representatives have confirmed.
Tributes are pouring in for the director, who was responsible for classics such as ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘Kindergarten Cop’ and ‘National Lampoon’s Animal House’. It was confirmed that he died peacefully in his sleep at home on Saturday night in California.
Confirming his passing, Reitman’s children released a statement to AP: “Our family is grieving the unexpected loss of a husband, father, and grandfather who taught us to always seek the magic in life.”
“We take comfort that his work as a filmmaker brought laughter and happiness to countless others around the world. While we mourn privately, we hope those who knew him through his films will remember him always.”
Fellow director Paul Feig, responsible for the 2o16 ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot, lead the tributes. He spoke of his “absolute shock” at the loss.
‘Ghostbusters’ actor Ernie Hudson tweeted about the “privilege” of working with Reitman.
The official ‘Ghostbusters’ Twitter account honoured the director, calling him a “friend.”
Elsewhere, comedian and Marvel star Kumail Nanjiani called Reitman a “legend”.
He added that ‘Ghostbusters’ was his “first favourite movie ever”.
MTV News’ Josh Horowitz tweeted a tribute calling Reitman’s work “Pure, glorious entertainment.”
Actor Mindy Kaling paid tribute, and talked of her love of working with him.
Director, screenwriter and producer Jon Hurwitz tweeted about Reitman’s incredible back catalogue of work.
His death comes months after the release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which was directed by Reitman’s son Jason. The film is considered to be the third instalment of the original series, with original stars Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and Dan Aykroyd all reprising their roles.