John Belushi was originally cast to play Dr Peter Venkman in the movie Ghostbusters, alongside his comedy colleague on Saturday Night Live and spinoff The Blues Brothers, Dan Aykroyd.
After his death, he was replaced in the film by another Saturday Night Live performer, Bill Murray, who agreed to make the film if his own movie project Razor’s Edge received funding.
And the appearance of the “Slimer” ghost in Ghostbusters is believed to have been modelled on John Belushi’s Animal House character, in tribute.
Well, in the first issue of IDW’s Ghostbusters ongoing series, out this Wednesday, we get up and close appearance, albeit in a the dream of Dr Raymond Stantz, Dan Ackroyd’s character, of John Belushi in full Blues Brothers gear. I doubt this will be his last appearance…
Here’s the page in question.