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'Ghostbusters' star Harold Ramis dies

Harold Ramis
Harold Ramis

Beloved actor/director Harold Ramis died Monday at age 69.

The New York Times reported that Ramis passed at his Chicago home as a result of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, which affects the blood vessels. According to CNN, Ramis had been battling the condition for four years.

Ramis was best known for his role as Egon Spangler in the comedy classic Ghostbusters (1984). He reprised the role in Ghostbusters 2 (1989). His other film appearances include Stripes (1981) and Baby Boom (1987).

He also directed such classic films as Caddyshack (1980) and Groundhog Day (1993), both of which starred his Ghostbusters compatriot Bill Murray. Ramis also wrote and directed the comedies National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), with Chevy Chase, and Analyze This (1999), which starred Billy Crystal and Robert DeNiro. He also directed several episodes of the TV series The Office.

Before he made his mark in movies, Ramis obtained a English literature degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He then worked as a hospital orderly and a substitute teacher.

"Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis,” his friend and Ghostbusters co-star Dan Aykroyd wrote on Facebook. “May he now get the answers he was always seeking."