Harold Ramis, Hollywood Legend, Dead at 69

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Legendary Hollywood figure Harold Ramis died yesterday, February 24, 2014, at the age of 69.

According to reports, Ramis was surrounded by family when he died at 12:53 a.m. of complications from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood cells. His wife, Erica Mann Ramis, confirmed the news to the Chicago Tribune. Ramis’ health struggles began around May of 2010 from an infection that was related to his autoimmune disease. It was reported that Ramis suffered a relapse from the disease around 2011.

Ramis’ career in Hollywood was marked by unique triumphs. He earned legendary status for directing and writing “Caddyshack”, “Groundhog Day”, and “Analyze That”. However, he might be most well-known for playing Egon Spengler in the hit comedy “Ghostbusters”, which he co-wrote with Dan Aykroyd.

Ramis started his career in 1969 with the Chicago-based improvisational theater The Second City at the same time as Aykroyd, James Belushi, and Bill Murray. He would soon go on to bigger things including “National Lampoon’s Animal House”. For much of his career, Ramis would pair with Murray and Aykroyd to create hit after hit after hit. Their most famous collaboration being “Ghostbusters”.

Ramis was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 21, 1944. He is survived by his wife, Erica Mann Ramis; sons Julian and Daniel; daughter Violet; and two grandchildren.

R.I.P. Harold Ramis. Hollywood lost a legend yesterday.

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