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Harold Ramis

Harold Ramis, ‘Ghostbusters’ Star & ‘Groundhog Day’ Director, Dies Aged 69

Harold Ramis

We’re incredibly sad to hear that the American actor, director and writer Harold Ramis has died. He was 69. One of Hollywood’s most successful comedy filmmakers, his best-known acting roles include playing Egon Spengler in the ‘Ghostbusters’ series and Russell Ziskey in ‘Stripes,’ both of which he co-wrote. As a writer/director, his films include the comedies ‘Caddyshack’ (1980), ‘Groundhog Day’ (1993), and ‘Analyze This’ (1999). Ramis was the original head writer of the television series ‘SCTV’ (in which he also performed), and one of three screenwriters for the film ‘National Lampoon’s Animal House.’

The Chicago Tribune are reporting that Harold Ramis was surrounded by family when he died at 12:53 a.m. from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels. Ramis’ serious health struggles began in May 2010 with an infection that led to complications related to the autoimmune disease, his wife Erica Mann Ramis said. Ramis had to relearn to walk but suffered a relapse of the vaculitis in late 2011, said Laurel Ward, vice president of development at Ramis’ Ocean Pictures production company.

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