'Ghostbusters' writer and actor Harold Ramis dead at 69
Actor/director Harold Ramis emcees an auction to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation before the ceremony to destroy the cursed Chicago Cubs baseball on February 26, 2004 at Harry Caray's Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois. Image by Getty Images
There are a lot of sad movie and comedy fans today.
Actor, writer and director Harold Ramis has died at the age of 69, according to ABC News. He succumbed to complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis.
Ramis was best known for writing "Ghostbusters," "Groundhog Day," "National Lampoon's Animal House," "Caddyshack" and "Analyze This."
He also starred with Bill Murray in "Stripes" and "Ghostbusters," as well as appearing in many other films.
Ramis, who lived in his native Chicago, was surrounded by family when he died at 12:53 a.m. Monday (Feb. 24).
The Chicago Tribune describes Ramis' comedies as "wild, silly and tilting toward anarchy." His movies were also described as cerebral and iconoclastic and led to a generation of comedic actors and filmmakers citing him as a key inspiration.
The Chicago Tribune also says that Ramis enjoyed a reputation as a mensch and all-around good guy.
Ramis got his start with Chicago's famed Second City improv troupe in the '70s and was a pal of John Belushi.
His last movie as a writer/director and actor was the 2009 Jack Black film "Year One."
Harold Ramis. Funny, gracious, kind hearted. A joy to have known you.— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) February 24, 2014
Sad to hear brilliant comedian, writer & director Harold Ramis has passed. A giant talent & extremely nice man. RIP. pic.twitter.com/b1RFFKGW9G— Pee-wee Herman (@peeweeherman) February 24, 2014
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