Film producer and director Ivan Reitman has died unexpectedly, his family has announced.

We’re waking up to some incredibly sad news this morning: Ivan Reitman has died, at the age of 75.

Reitman’s film directorial career brought us a whole host of films that remain much loved and popular. He’s the man behind the first two Ghostbusters films, as well as comedy hits such as Twins, Stripes, Meatballs, Legal Eagles, Dave, No Strings Attached and Kindergarten Cop. He also had an active career as a film producer, most recently with Ghostbusters: Afterlife. His final directorial outing would be 2014’s drama Draft Day.

A statement from the Reitman family has been released, reading:

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

Reitman had been doing promotional tours for his son Jason’s movie, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, last autumn (he introduced the press screening of the film here in the UK), and he leaves behind one hell of a body of work.

Our thoughts are very much with his family and friends. Rest in peace, Ivan Reitman, and thank you.

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