'Ghostbusters' actor Harold Ramis dies at 69
CHICAGO - FEBURARY 26: 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. The alleged curse comes from a play during the NLCS where Luis Castillo of the Marlins hit a foul ball that Cubs fan Steve Bartman touched. This prevented Cubs' leftfielder Moises Alou from catching the ball which would have been the 2nd out of the 8th inning, instead the Marlins started a rally and went on to win the game, which forced a game 7 that the Marlins also won, on their way to becoming World Series Champs. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Image by Getty Images
CHICAGO (AP) - Comedy actor, director and writer Harold Ramis has died at his suburban Chicago home.
A spokesman for United Talent Agency says Ramis died early Monday morning of complications from an autoimmune inflammatory disease. He was 69.
Ramis is best known for his roles in comedies such as "Ghostbusters" and "Stripes."
He co-wrote "Ghostbusters," in which he appeared with fellow Second City alums Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray. He also co-wrote "National Lampoon's Animal House" and "Meatballs" and directed such films as "Caddyshack" and "Groundhog Day."
More recently, he directed "Analyze This," a movie starring Billy Crystal and Robert DeNiro.
UTA spokesman Chris Day says Ramis had been battling an autoimmune disease that affects blood vessels for four years.
Day says Ramis' family was at his side when he died.
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