Influential filmmaker Ivan Reitman, who directed beloved comedies Animal House and Ghostbusters pass on at age of 75.
His family said Reitman died peacefully in his sleep Saturday night at his Montecito, California home.
“Our family is grieving the unexpected loss of a husband, father, and grandfather who taught us to always seek the magic in life,’ his children Jason Reitman, Catherine Reitman and Caroline Reitman said in a joint statement.
“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.”
Known for big, bawdy comedies that caught the spirit of their time, the director-producer’s most significant success came with his 1984 film Ghostbusters which grossed nearly $300million worldwide.
The supernatural comedy – starring Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis – earned two Oscar nominations and spawned a veritable franchise that included television shows and a new movie, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which was directed by his son, Jason, and opened last year.
He was also the co-owner of The Montecito Picture Company which is responsible for the production of dozens of films.