“Ghostbusters” actor Harold Ramis dies at 69

Actor Harold Ramis, known for his work on “Stripes,” “Ghostbusters,” “Groundhog Day,” “Animal House,” “Caddyshack” and “Analyze This” died. He was 69.


Ramis was a veteran of Chicago’s famous Second City comedy troupe, and really had an incredible repertoire of movies he either starred in, directed, or wrote.


NPR’s Terry Gross has an interview she did with him in 2005:

The Chicago Tribune says Ramis had been ill since 2010:

Ramis, a longtime North Shore resident, was surrounded by family when he died at 12:53 a.m. from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels, his wife Erica Mann Ramis said. He was 69.

Ramis’ serious health struggles began in May 2010 with an infection that led to complications related to the autoimmune disease, his wife said. Ramis had to relearn to walk but suffered a relapse of the vasculitis in late 2011, said Laurel Ward, vice president of development at Ramis’ Ocean Pictures production company.

Dan Aykroyd weighed in via his Facebook page:


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