It is with a heavy heart we report the sudden death of filmmaker Ivan Reitman at the age of 75.
The ‘Ghostbusters’ director passed away in his sleep on the 12th of February, as yet, the cause of death is yet to be announced.
Jason Reitman, Catherine Reitman, and Caroline Reitman in a joint statement said: “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.”
Born in Czechoslovakia and raised in Canada, Reitman rose to prominence during the ’70s with his work as a Producer on films such as ‘National Lampoon’s Animal House’ before jumping to direct with ‘Foxy Lady.’ Before too long, Reitman saw a number of box office hits come his way with ‘Meatballs,’ ‘Stripes,’ ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Legal Eagles,’ ‘Ghostbusters II,’ ‘Twins’ and ‘Kindergarten Cop’ and ‘Dave’. However, it was the Ghostbusters franchise that remained, and to this day still does, catapult the Reitman’s legacy into icon status.
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During the 90s and 2000s, Reitman’s never quite achieved his previous successes but still was a force in the comedy genre with films such as ‘Junior, ‘ ‘Fathers’ Day,’ ‘Six Days, Seven Nights,’ ‘Evolution’ and ‘My Super Ex-Girlfriend’ still making their mark. He made his final directorial effort was 2014’s ‘Draft Day’
As a producer, Reitman stuck with what he excelled at with the movies ‘Beethoven,’ ‘Space Jam,’ ‘Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot,’ ‘Road Trip,’ ‘I Love You, Man,’ ‘Hitchcock,’ ‘Baywatch’ before revisiting the Ghostbusters franchise with the last two films, with ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ staying in the Reitman family with son, Jason at the helm.
From everyone at HeyUGuys, with heavy hearts, we send our condolences to the Reitman family.