U.S. President Barack Obama has saluted fellow Chicago, Illinois resident Harold Ramis, hailing the late actor/director as "one of America's greatest satirists". The Ghostbusters star died from a rare blood disorder on Monday (24Feb14) at the age of 69, and his passing prompted an outpouring of tributes from his pals and frequent collaborators Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, as well as Steve Martin, Jon Favreau, Julianne Moore and Seth MacFarlane. Now the former Illinois Senator and his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, have issued a statement honouring Ramis, who got his comedy start at Chicago's famous Second City group. The statement reads: "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."