Justin Timberlake, Zach Braff, Seth MacFarlane pay tribute to ‘Ghostbusters’ actor Harold Ramis

Actor and director died yesterday (February 24) aged 69

A host of stars including Justin Timberlake, Scrubs actor Zach Braff and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane have paid tribute to Ghostbusters actor Harold Ramis, who died yesterday (February 24) aged 69.

Ramis, who also worked as a writer and director on films including Analyse This with Robert De Niro and Groundhog Day with Bill Murray, died of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. As the BBC reports, the condition is a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels.

The actor, who came to prominence for his role as Egon Spengler in the 1984 film Ghosbusters, had reportedly suffered from the illness since 2010. Writing on Twitter, actor and singer Justin Timberlake said: “Caddyshack. Griswalds. Egon Spengler was always my favorite Ghostbuster. Genius. My condolences to Mr. Ramis’s family. #RIPHaroldRamis.”

Garden State director Zach Braff, meanwhile, wrote “If you’re my age and got into comedy, Harold Ramis was one of the reasons. Life is fast and over too soon”, while Ted star Seth MacFarlane noted: “Harold Ramis was a brilliant, shining example for every comedy writer hoping to achieve excellence the field. He will be sorely missed.”

Other celebrities to pay tributes to Ramis included Billy Crystal, Julianne Moore and Rashida Jones. Speaking in a statement, his family said: “His creativity, compassion, intelligence, humour and spirit will be missed by all who knew and loved him.”