14 Feb – Hollywood filmmaker Ivan Reitman, director of the classic film "Ghostbusters", has recently passed away.
The news was confirmed by his children Jason, Catherine and Caroline Reitman in a joint statement that read, "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."
The Canada-based Czechoslovakian director made a big break into Hollywood by producing "National Lampoon's Animal House" in 1978, but fans would remember him most as the director of hits 1980s and '90s hits like "Twins", "Kindergarten Cop", "Stripes", and of course, the 1984 "Ghostbusters" and its sequel "Ghostbusters II".
He also produced the third instalment, "Ghostbuster: Afterlife", directed by his son Jason Reitman, which was released last year.
It is noted that prior to his passing, Reitman was set to direct and produce the sequel to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito's hit movie, "Twins", to be called "Triplets" with the addition of Tracy Morgan.
The director reportedly died peacefully in his sleep on 12 February. He was 75.