Harold Ramis dead at 69

Via Yahoo News:

Harold Ramis, best known for appearing in “Ghostbusters” and directing comedic films “Groundhog Day,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” and “Caddyshack,” died at the age of 69 early Monday.

Ramis died from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, which is a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, according to his wife Erica Mann (via the Chicago Tribune).

A Chicago native, Ramis moved back to his hometown area with his family in 1996. “I feel like I represent the city in a certain way,” he said.

In 2010 Ramis began having health problems following an infection that ultimately caused his rare condition.

A true comedy Renaissance man, Ramis was a powerful influence in his field, writing the 1978 classic “Animal House,” writing and appearing in the 1984 hit “Ghostbusters,” writing and directing the 1999’s award winning “Analyze This” (and the 2002 followup “Analyze That”).

Ramis leaves behind his wife, Erica Mann, and three children.

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