Hollywood lost another legend on Feb. 24, when Harold Ramis — best known for writing and starring in ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Groundhog Day’ as well as directing ‘Caddyshack’ — died from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. He was 69 years old.
Hollywood is in mourning today as Harold Ramis, 69, has died after a long struggle with a rare disease that causes swelling of the blood vessels. The Ghostbusters writer and star will be sorely missed.
Harold Ramis Dies — ‘Ghostbusters’ Legend Dead At 69
Harold Ramis may not be a household name in 2014, but the man had his hands on pretty much every cult comedy you grew up loving from the ’70s and ’80s.
Harold leaves behind an insanely impressive body of work, with writing credits on legendary comedies like National Lampoon’s Animal House, Stripes, and of course Ghostbusters — in which Ramis also starred as the hilarious Dr. Egon Spengler. On the directing side, Harold is responsible for hits like Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Groundhog Day, and Analyze This.
Unfortunately, Harold began suffering from a rare case of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis in 2010, rendering him temporarily unable to walk. He relearned to walk, then tragically suffered a relapse of the disease in 2011.
Harold passed away with his family at his side, in the Chicago home he so dearly loved. He is survived by his wife Erica, his sons Julian and Daniel, his daughter Violet, and two grandchildren.
HollywoodLife.com sends thoughts and prayers to Harold’s friends and family — especially his wife and three children — as they process their terrible loss.
— Shaunna Murphy