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Harold Ramis dead at 69

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Harold Ramis passed away Monday morning in his Chicago area home according to CNN. Ramis’ credits include actor, writer and director. He appeared in such films as: “Ghostbusters”, “Groundhogs Day”, “Stripes”, and “Analyze This”. He appeared in several films with the incomparable Bill Murray.

Ramis died of complications related to the autoimmune system. Ramis has battled the disease for the past four years and was 69. He is a comedic veteran with more than 40 years in the industry. Dan Aykroyd posted this on his Facebook page "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."

Steve Carell of “The Office” took to Twitter to pay his respect. "Harold Ramis. Funny, gracious, kind hearted. A joy to have known you." Ramis directed several episodes of “The Office.

The Chicago Tribune said that Ramis was surrounded by friends and family at the time of his passing. “Autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels”, his wife Erica Mann Ramis said. His serious health struggles began in May of 2010.