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Harold Ramis dies, 'Ghostbusters' actor was 69

Harold Ramis died early in the morning on Feb. 24 from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis. According to his wife Erica Mann Ramis, Ramis died early in the morning while surrounded by his family.

Harold Ramis dies at age of 69
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Ramis was best known as the scientist Egon Spengler is the horror-comedy Ghostbusters, a movie that he also helped write. He also directed the classic comedies "Caddyshack" and "Groundhog Day" and was one of three credited writers on "Animal House."

The health struggles for Ramis began in 2010 when he ended up with an infection that left to the autoimmune disease. He had a relapse in 2011.

Ramis got his start in comedy in college and broke out when he joined the Second City improvisational comedy troupe. It was there that he met future collaborators and friends like Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. A large number of very funny performers also teamed up to star in the National Lampoon Show.

That was where Ramis got his break in movies with "Animal House" and moved on into a very successful filmmaking career. The last movie he directed was the commercial flop "Year One," but that was one rare blip on an otherwide spectacular group of films.

Harold Ramis was recently working on a third "Ghostbusters" movie with Aykroyd, but the movie could never get off the ground thanks to the continued reluctance of Bill Murray to join the project.

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