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Director Harold Ramis dies at 69

Harold Allen Ramis, director, writer and actor died today at 69-years-old from complications related to autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. He had been fighting the condition for four years, according to United Talent Agency.

Harold Allen Ramis died today at age 69. His legacy is survived largely by the comedy films he created over his long tenure as a director, actor, and writer.

Ramis' name became famous for acting in such films as Ghostbusters (1984) as Egon Spengler, and Russell Ziskey in Stripes (1981), which he was also a co-writer on.

His directorial debut came from Caddyshack in 1980, and continued to rave reviews for such films as National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) and Groundhog Day (1993).

His co-star in Ghostbusters, Dan Aykroyd wrote on Facebook of Ramis:

Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis. May he now get the answers he was always seeking."

Primarily working in the realm of comedy, Ramis' credits as a director stem from Club Paradise (1986), Analyze This (1999), and most recently several episodes of the television series, The Office (2006).

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