26 February 2014

‘Ghostbusters’ Star And Comic Legend Harold Ramis Dies At 69

When there’s something strange in the neighborhood, there’s now one less person to call, as comedy legend Harold Ramis, best known for his role in the hit “Ghostbusters” films, has died. He was 69.

A Comic Personality

Harold Ramis

Image by Justin Hoch

 

Ramis, whose impressible comic personality shone through in the variety of his works, passed away Monday, February 24, from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, according to his wife Erica Mann.

“His creativity, compassion, intelligence, humor and spirit will be missed by all who knew and loved him,” Ramis’s agent said in a written statement.

Beloved Actor and Director

Ramis’s big break in Hollywood came in 1978 when he co-wrote the blockbuster comedy “National Lampoon’s Animal House.” He went on to co-write “Stripes” (1981), “Ghostbusters” (1984) and “Ghostbusters II” (1989), films in which he also co-starred.

He co-wrote and made his directorial debut with “Caddyshack” (1980), followed by “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983). His most recent works include directing episodes of “The Office.”

“Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis,” his “Ghostbusters” co-star Dan Aykroyd wrote on Facebook. “May he now get the answers he was always seeking.”

“He earned his keep on this planet. God bless him,” said Bill Murray in a statement.

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