Filmmaker and actor, Harold Ramis has passed away. He was 69. Ramis was the strong writing and directing force behind the camera on films such as ‘Caddyshack,’ ‘Groundhog Day and ‘National Lampoon’s Animal House,’ but was best known for his performance as Dr. Egon Spengler in the 1984 classic blockbuster movie ‘Ghostbusters.’
His wife, Erica Mann Ramis, told the Chicago Tribune that he died at 12:53 a.m. on Monday and was surrounded by family. He died from complications related to auto-immune inflammatory vasculitis.
Ramis started working as the jokes editor for Playboy magazine after graduating from Washington University in St. Louis in 1967. Two years later, he joined the improvisational comedy troupe Second City alongside comedic greats the late John Belushi and Bill Murray.
He is survived by his wife Erica, two sons, Julian and Daniel, a daughter, Violet and two grandchildren.