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The death of beloved actor-writer-director Harold Ramis yesterday at age 69 prompted a huge outpouring of grief from fans and famous folk alike, mourning the loss of the comedic genius and celebrating his impressive filmography. Throwing his hat into the ring was Pres. Barack Obama, who issued a statement marking Ramis's passing that included a clever wink to one of the late comedian's most famous works.

Obama's statement read:

Michelle and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Harold Ramis, one of America's greatest satirists, and like so many other comedic geniuses, a proud product of Chicago's Second City. When we watched his movies -- from Animal House and Caddyshack to Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day -- we didn't just laugh until it hurt. We questioned authority. We identified with the outsider. We rooted for the underdog. And through it all, we never lost our faith in happy endings. Our thoughts and prayers are with Harold's wife, Erica, his children and grandchildren, and all those who loved him, who quote his work with abandon, and who hope that he received total consciousness.

That last line is a reference to a line of dialogue in "Caddyshack," when Bill Murray's character, Carl Spackler, is recalling the Dalai Lama stiffing him on a tip, offering a promise instead.

"'There won't be any money,'" Spackler says the man told him. "'But when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.' So I got that going for me, which is nice."

Speaking of Murray, Ramis's fellow Ghostbuster offered his own remarks to remember his late friend, telling Time, "Harold Ramis and I together did the National Lampoon Show off Broadway, 'Meatballs,' 'Stripes,' 'Caddyshack,' 'Ghostbusters,' and 'Groundhog Day.' He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him."
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