Ivan Reitman, the legendary filmmaker behind “Ghostbusters” and “Animal House,” has died at the age of 75.

Ivan Reitman

Ivan Reitman was Born in 1946, in Czechoslovakia. Ivan had previously recounted how his mom was a survivor of Auschwitz, and how his family escaped by taking a barge to Vienna.

Here was what he said; “I remember flashes of scenes. Later they told me about how they gave me a couple of sleeping pills so I wouldn’t make any noise. I was so knocked out that I slept with my eyes open. My parents were afraid I was dead.”

In a statement, Ivan’s family said “Our family is grieving the unexpected loss of a husband, father, and grandfather who taught us to always seek the magic in life.”.

Reitman’s children Jason, Catherine, and Caroline Reitman said in a joint statement. “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’s family was by his side in Montecito, CA Saturday night, as he passed away in his sleep.

Ivan Reitman produced a string of hits, and legendary films like “Meatballs”, “Stripes”, “Beethoven”, “Old School”, and “EuroTrip”.

In an homage to his dad, Ivan’s son, Jason Reitman, directed “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”, “Twins”, “Kindergarten Cop”, “Dave”, “Junior”, and “Six Days, Seven Nights”.

Rest in Peace Ivan Reitman.

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