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The world of cinema dresses in mourning after learning of the death of Ivan Reitman, director of great comedies such as Ghostbusters (1984), The Nutty Squad (1981) or The Twins Strike Twice (1988).
In accordance with Associated PressReitman passed away this weekend in his sleep at his home in Montecito, California. His family has not disclosed the cause of death. “Our family is grieving the unexpected loss of a husband, father and grandfather who taught us to always look for the magic in life,” said his children, director Jason Reitman, Catherine Reitman and Caroline Reitman in a joint statement. picked up by AP. Jason Reitman was in charge of premiering a reboot from Ghostbusters a few months ago, Ghostbusters: Beyond.
“We are comforted that his work as a filmmaker brought laughter and happiness to countless people around the world. As we mourn in private, we hope that those who knew him through his films will always remember him.”
Born in Czechoslovakia in 1946, Reitman grew up in Canada where his family emigrated as refugees. During his college days where he studied music and drama, he directed some short films.
In the 1970s he joined National Lampoon, a satirical publication that humorously analyzed the state of American society and politics. Here he coincided with Bill Murray, John Belushi and Harold Ramis, who would work with Reitman years later on films like Rampage to the American (1978) or The Incorrigible Meatballs (1979).
Reitman has influenced popular culture and multiple generations for decades, from movies to music and even fashion.